That joke isn't funny anymore: racial microaggressions, color-blind ideology and the mitigation of racism in English men's first-class cricket

Burdsey, Daniel (2011) That joke isn't funny anymore: racial microaggressions, color-blind ideology and the mitigation of racism in English men's first-class cricket Sociology of Sport Journal, 28 (3). pp. 261-283. ISSN 0741-1235

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Abstract

This article investigates the presence and effects of racial microaggressions in English first-class cricket. Drawing on interview data with British Asian players, it not only highlights players’ experiences of racism, but also identifies their tendency to downplay the repercussions of some of the forms that this prejudice takes. The analysis demonstrates that color-blind ideology is so entrenched in contemporary Western sport that its reproduction is not exclusively the preserve of white groups; it can also at times compel minority ethnic participants to endorse dominant claims that the effects of racism are overstated as well. As a consequence they are often pressured into denying or downplaying those forms of verbal discrimination which are articulated between team-mates and in a seemingly playful manner, dismissing incidents as merely “banter” or “jokes”.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2011 Human Kinetics Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: racial discrimination; ethic studies; cricket
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L330 Ethnic studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
Depositing User: Chelsea editor
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 10:43
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:02
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9300

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