Talking football: Discourses about race/ethnicity amongst Spanish youth

Carmen Longas Luque*, Melodine Sommier, Jacco van Sterkenburg

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It is commonly accepted that sports media and televised football in particular are sites where ideas about race/ethnicity are (re)produced. However, less is known about how audiences deal with these messages: do they assume these ideas are true or do they negotiate them and if so, how? Using cultural studies as our theoretical framework, we conducted 14 focus groups among Spanish youth and asked them to reflect on ideas about race/ethnicity while talking about football. Results show that interviewees had difficulty in talking about race/ethnicity and that they not only reproduced dominant discourses about race/ethnicity but also negotiated other discourses. Interviewees also described Spanish sports media as sensationalistic and money driven.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2023

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/
or publication of this article: This publication is part of the project How racist is televised football
and do audiences react? with project number 016.Vidi.185.174 of the research programme Vidi
SGW which is financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

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