One week in October: Luis Suárez, John Terry and the turn to racial neoliberalism in English men’s professional football

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Burdsey, Daniel (2014) One week in October: Luis Suárez, John Terry and the turn to racial neoliberalism in English men’s professional football Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 21 (5). pp. 429-447. ISSN 1547-3384

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Abstract

This article explores two significant incidents of racism – involving Luis Suárez and John Terry – from the 2011–2012 English Premier League football season. In particular, it analyses and contextualises the reactions and responses articulated by key stakeholders within the football industry. Discursive themes were employed by these individuals as a means of trying to mitigate and/or exonerate the actions of Suárez and Terry, to question the veracity of the allegations made against them, and to downplay the extent and effects of racism in English football more generally. The article situates these standpoints within the wider cultural politics of race in the game and extricates the connections between discourse and structure in manifestations of racism. It demonstrates that these dominant responses are indicative of colour-blind ideology, white racial framing and the rules of racial standing. It also argues that these sporting trends are part of a wider societal shift towards racial neoliberalism.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: colour-blind ideology; critical race theory; football; racial neoliberalism; racism; sport
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L390 Sociology not elsewhere classified
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/1070289X.2014.924415
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2014 03:01
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 09:55
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12406

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