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Managing Racism on the Field in Australian Junior Sport

  • Karen FarquharsonEmail author
  • Ramón Spaaij
  • Sean Gorman
  • Ruth Jeanes
  • Dean Lusher
  • Jonathan Magee
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Abstract

Junior sport is a popular activity for children under the age of 18. However there have been few analyses of the extent that racism is experienced in junior sport, or how sports clubs manage it. Farquharson, Spaaij, Gorman, Jeanes, Lusher and Magee investigate how junior sports clubs in Victoria, Australia manage experiences of racism during matches. Through an in-depth analysis of interviews with over one hundred players, parents, coaches and volunteers across nine junior sports clubs, they argue that structural and cultural factors result in the maintenance of an on-field sporting culture where racism is essentially tolerated, even when lip service is given to its inappropriateness. Both the official and the informal processes for managing racial abuse reinforce the marginalisation of non-White players while reinforcing the normativity of Whiteness in Australian sport.

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Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant LP130100366 in partnership with VicHealth, The Centre for Multicultural Youth and The Australian Football League (AFL).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Farquharson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ramón Spaaij
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sean Gorman
    • 4
  • Ruth Jeanes
    • 5
  • Dean Lusher
    • 6
  • Jonathan Magee
    • 7
  1. 1.School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of ArtsThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Institute for Health and SportVictoria UniversityFootscrayAustralia
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Independent ScholarEast FremantleAustralia
  5. 5.Faculty of EducationMonash University Peninsula CampusFrankstonAustralia
  6. 6.Social Innovation Research InstituteSwinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia
  7. 7.Independent ScholarCrib PointAustralia

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