Ethnicity, Community and local Football in the Midlands: a ‘black’ sociologist ‘doing’ critical black history

On Thursday 7 December 2017

Time: 12.30pm –2.00pm

Venue: MU106, 1st Floor, Lord Swraj Paul Building, Molineux Street, City Campus (North), Wolverhampton  WV1 1SG.

No booking required.
Dr Paul Ian Campbell discusses ‘Football, Ethnicity and Community: The life of an African-Caribbean Football Club’.

The talk focuses on local football as a powerful and underused lens to explore the African-Caribbean immigrant experience in the UK.

Using the history of one ‘black’ club in Leicester,  Meadebrook Cavaliers 1970 – 2010 as a case study,  his talk will address the growth and changing functions of the football club linking to the changing attitudes, social realities and identity politics of the club’s African-Caribbean membership and to the changing demands and expectations of the wider black community.

He explores the changing social identities and cultural dynamics of the communities of minority ethnic and local football clubs.

Biography:  Dr Paul Ian Campbell BA (University of Derby), PhD (De Montfort and University of Leicester)

Paul CampbellPaul is Course Director and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Coventry. His research interests are centred on the themes of race and ethnicity, leisure, and local and professional football.

Paul is an active and award winning researcher. His monograph 'Football, Ethnicity and Community' won the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Prize 2017 and was shortlisted for the British Society of Sports History Lord Abedare Prize. 

Paul has also guested on a number of advisory panels and media programmes such as the BBC's Thinking Allowed.