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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-447
Number of pages19
JournalIdentities: Global Studies in Culture and Power
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2014

Keywords

  • colour-blind ideology
  • critical race theory
  • football
  • racial neoliberalism
  • racism
  • sport

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