Youth Sport, Migration and Culture: Two Football Teams and the Changing Face of Ireland, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Youth Sport, Migration and Culture

Two Football Teams and the Changing Face of Ireland, 1st Edition

By Max Mauro


188 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-01-16
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How do migrant youth negotiate their role in society through sport and leisure practices? How can political theory and qualitative critical research work together to make sense of these processes? These are among the questions that led to a long-term investigation of young males’ sport practices in Ireland, possibly the most fertile contemporary setting for the analysis of questions of sport and identity. 

Youth Sport, Migration and Culture emphasises the epistemological and ethical urgency of doing research with rather than on young people. Engaging with the social changes in Irish society through the eyes of children of immigrants growing up in Ireland, the book looks closely at young people’s leisure practices in multi-ethnic contexts, and at issues of inclusion in relation to public discourses around ‘national identity’ and immigration.

Offering compelling analysis of how ideas of race and racism are elaborated through sport, this book is fascinating reading for anybody with an interest in the sociology of sport, sport development or youth culture.

Table of Contents


1 Sport, Youth and Migration in the Post-nation Age

2 Community, Belonging and the Role of the Game

3 Flexible Positions: Framing Class and Ethnicity On and Off the Pitch

4 The Death of a Black Teenager

5 A Team Like No ‘Other’

6 Follow Up: The Story that Was Not There


About the Author

Max Mauro is Lecturer in Sport Studies at Solent University, UK and Visiting Lecturer in Media, Sport and Communication at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Perspectives on Equality and Social Justice in Sport and Leisure

This series presents important new critical studies that explore and explain issues relating to social justice and equality in sport and leisure. Addressing current debates and examining key concepts such as inclusion and exclusion, (anti)oppression, neo-liberalism, resistance, merit(ocracy), and sport for all, the series aims to be a key location for scholars, students and policy makers interested in these topics.

Innovative and interrogative, the series will explore central themes and issues in critical sport and leisure studies, including: theory development, methodologies and intersectionality; policy and politics; ‘race’, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, disability; communities and migration; ethics and morals; and media and new technologies. Inclusive and transdisciplinary, it aims to showcase high quality work from leading and emerging scholars working in sport and leisure studies, sport development, sport coaching and PE, policy, events and health studies, and areas of sport science that consider the same concerns.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports