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  • Published: 2 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781529119121
  • Imprint: Merky Books Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400
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A New Formation

How Black Footballers Made the Modern Game




This is not a book about football and racism. This a book which celebrates how blackness has shaped the beautiful game on and off the pitch, through a collection of essays featuring Britain's most celebrated players such as Ian Wright, Andy Cole, Anita Asante and more.

A New Formation is an exploration of the unique role that Black British footballers have played in shaping the beautiful game both on and off the pitch.

Written and edited by Calum Jacobs, the anthology is an inventive and highly original analysis of the intersections between football and wider Black British culture, and features interviews with legendary players such as Ian Wright, Anita Asante and Andy Cole.

A New Formation is not a book about football and racism. Jacobs and his co-contributors - including authors Musa Okwonga and Aniefiok Ekpoudom and sports broadcaster Jeanette Kwakye MBE - eschew the standard frameworks of trauma and oppression that are foisted upon Black narratives and seek to move beyond discussions of diversity, identity and representation. Instead, the book draws upon broader social and cultural history to examine Black footballers in contexts larger than themselves. By engaging with these subtler connections between football and Black cultural expression, A New Formation reveals the vibrancy and nuance of contemporary Black life in Britain.

  • Published: 2 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781529119121
  • Imprint: Merky Books Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400
Categories:

Praise for A New Formation

The magazine redefining football.

The Week

Offers a critical perspective on issues that are deeply ingrained in football, yet often ignored.

Monocle

A razor-edged social commentary and a well-designed magazine, and the additional supplement marks it out as having the guts to address tricky subjects head-on. It also arrives at a time when many high-profile footballers are being loudly critical of the racism within football, and the mainstream media’s complicity in that narrative. Caricom’s relevance beyond the ‘sports’ section is undeniable and is a voice that is much needed in the magazine, and cultural, conversation right now.

MagCulture

A triumph in using popular culture and sport to challenge societal issues. Featuring a clean, contemporary design aesthetic which invites engagement, it promises football-related content, but delivers so much more... Caricom provides genuine depth to an often polemic conversation.

It's Nice That

Redefining the space where football and the black experience intersect... Caricom is an attempt to use football’s ability to encourage a sense of community amongst fans of differing faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds to mediate on topics absent from mainstream football writing.

Neighbourhood

Offers a critical perspective on issues that are deeply ingrained in football, yet often ignored.

Monocle

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