Burdsey, Daniel (2004) 'One of the lads'? Dual ethnicity and assimilated ethnicities in the careers of British Asian professional footballers Ethnic and racial studies, 27 (5). pp. 757-779. ISSN 14664356Full text not available from this repository.
The broad focus of this article is on the under-representation of British Asians in English professional football. Specifically, it concentrates on the select group of British Asians that have played, or are currently playing, professional football and examines the significance of dual ethnicity, and processes of cultural assimilation and Anglicization in this phenomenon. Emanating from an extensive period of ethnographic fieldwork and using the oral testimonies of British Asian footballers, this article highlights the fact that those who have achieved the most success have either been classified as Anglo-Asians or have under-emphasized their South Asian heritage and, in some cases, actively sought to decrease the degree to which their cultural difference is apparent. Drawing on the ideas of Bourdieu, this study argues that those players who fall into these categories are more likely to possess the necessary cultural capital for breaking into professional football and for gaining acceptance within player subcultures as "one of the lads".
|Item Type:||Journal article|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||British Asians, cultural assimilation, cultural capital, dual ethnicity, football, oral testimony|
|Subjects:||C000 Biological and Biomedical Sciences > C600 Sport and Exercise Science|
|DOI (a stable link to the resource):||10.1080/0141987042000246336|
|Faculties:||Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School|
|Depositing User:||Chelsea editor|
|Date Deposited:||12 Oct 2007|
|Last Modified:||26 Jun 2012 08:43|
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