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ERIC Number: EJ1157115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
"I Haven't Lost Hope of Reaching Out …": Exposing Racism in Sport by Elevating Counternarratives
Baker-Lewton, Alison; Sonn, Christopher C.; Vincent, David Nyuol; Curnow, Fletcher
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v21 n11 p1097-1112 2017
This paper tells the "back story" to the development of a local soccer hub, which focuses on the experiences of a predominantly South Sudanese team called the Western Tigers. We use a counter-story telling approach anchored in critical race theory, to develop a composite story that brings together biographical and autobiographical accounts gathered during an ethnographic study. These accounts are narrated from the vantage point of David, a player/coach, whose experiences expose everyday racism and its effects, while also illuminating responses to racism in the context of sport. This composite story challenges dominant narratives about sport in Australian society particularly those that position sport as the great equaliser and a pathway to "integration" and belonging. Our analysis sheds light onto how the dynamics of racialisation and exclusion take the form of a slow violence for young people of refugee background, shaping their experiences and trajectories on and off the field. We discuss the paradoxical role of settings such as the Western Tigers and the Community Soccer Hub as important "public homeplaces," that can also be understood as marginalised and marginalising for young people of refugee background.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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