‘A por ellos!’: racism and anti-racism in Spanish football

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Spaaij, Ramon ORCID: 0000-0002-1260-3111 and Viñas, Carles (2005) ‘A por ellos!’: racism and anti-racism in Spanish football. International Journal of Iberian Studies, 18 (3). pp. 141-164. ISSN 1364-971X (print) 1758-9150 (online)


Racism at Spanish football grounds is commonly perceived to be confined to the racist or neo-fascist predispositions of the archetypal skinhead hooligan. This narrow view of racism thwarts contemporary anti-racism initiatives since it conceals other, less visible forms of racialized expressions in football. The current official and public concern over racist behaviour in Spanish football provides opportunities for promoting anti-racism in football, but only if the serious limitations of the prevailing identification of racists with ‘ultras’ are acknowledged. Paradoxically, many of the ultra groups popularly stigmatized as ‘racist thugs’ are, in fact, a driving force behind the anti-racism projects and campaigns currently being implemented.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24949
DOI 10.1386/ijis.18.3.141/1
Official URL http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Arti...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords racism, xenophobia, Spain, football, prevention
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