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Offside Racism : Playing the White Man - Colin King

Offside Racism

Playing the White Man

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9781859737248
Number Of Pages: 160

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It is a fact that disproportionately few black football players have ever been employed as managers or coaches, despite their prominent presence on the field. How big a role does racism play in contributing to this depressing statistic? 'Play the White Man' is the metaphor King uses to explain how race, racism and inequality operate. He looks at the pressures placed on black players to adopt a culture dominated by white men in sport - in other words, 'to act white' in order to be accepted. He focuses on how racism functions when black players make the transition from the playing field to coaching, management and administration, and are forced to perform within the standards and systems set by white men who have historically held these positions. King provides provocative insights into the world of white-dominated British sport and raises controversial questions that are important for anyone interested in the game.

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'Colin King has the unique capacity to read football culture simultaneously from the point of view of a professional coach, a political activist and a sociologist. Essential reading for all those concerned with understanding the complexities and subtleties of racism inside football.' Les Back, Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementp. ix
Introduction: Playing the Race Game in Soccerp. 1
'House Niggers' and 'Field Niggers' in the Culture of Playingp. 9
'Playing the White Man': Meritocracy, Whiteness and the Myths of Qualificationsp. 29
Onside and Offside Forms of Racism in the Transition into Coaching and Managementp. 49
The Public and Private Lives of Black Managersp. 75
'It Ain't Half White Mum': Whiteness as a Professional Culturep. 95
Anti-racism can Seriously Damage your Health: Asians as the New White Man in the League Table of Race Relations inside Footballp. 113
Bibliographyp. 133
Indexp. 137
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ISBN: 9781859737248
ISBN-10: 1859737242
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 15.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.38

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