Publication Date: 06/04/2023 ISBN: 9781529118711 Category:

A New Formation

Calum Jacobs

Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication Date: 06/04/2023 ISBN: 9781529118711 Category:
Paperback / Softback


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A New Formation is an inventive and highly original analysis of the contributions that Black British footballers have made to Black British culture.

Calum Jacobs and his co-contributors – including authors Musa Okwonga and Aniefiok Ekpoudom and sports broadcaster Jeanette Kwakye – eschew the standard frameworks of trauma and oppression that are foisted upon Black narratives. Instead, they draw upon broader social and cultural history to examine Black footballers in contexts larger than themselves. By engaging with the subtle connections between football and Black cultural expression, A New Formation reveals the vibrancy and nuance of contemporary Black life in Britain.

Featuring interviews with Andy Cole, Ian Wright and Anita Asante.

Publisher Review

A New Formation tells the stories of these legends in their own words on their own terms. This is cultural expression, social history and black pride at its finest. * Observer * A New Formation is an expansive yet nuanced history of football's black pioneers, past and present. * New Statesman * A New Formation is quite simply one of the most important football books ever written. What we often like to imagine as the history of football has, for the most part, been written entirely through the white male gaze. In this collection of essays A New Formation tells new stories, forgotten stories, undervalued stories, and does so with heart and humanity and humour. It's our game, as narrated by the people who love it. * Jonathan Liew * A groundbreaking document of football history. * GQ Magazine * A manifesto for a new look at the history of football and a different way of talking about the sport. * Hype Beast *

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