Education, Retirement and Career Transitions for 'Black' Ex-Professional Footballers: 'From being idolised to stacking shelves'

Paul Campbell
University of Leicester, UK

Product Details
20 Feb 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
128 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points
Drawing on a combination of interviews and auto-ethnographic data, Education, Retirement and Career Transitions for 'Black' Ex-Professional Footballers provides a case-study of 16 'black' British male professional footballers' preparedness and experiences of retirement and transition from careers as professional athletes to mainstream work. The author examines these men's sporting experiences during three life phases: As professional schoolboy footballers; as professionals; and during retirement and career transition to mainstream careers. In doing so, this book expands on how these men's experiences of and preparedness for retirement and career transition are influenced and often complicated by the cultures, practices, and expectations that shaped the professional game when they were players. It also offers an account of the ways these experiences were complicated by issues of race. Researchers, students, sports enthusiasts and anyone interested in questions of race, masculinity, employment, retirement, mental health, and professional sport in late modern Britain will find Education, Retirement and Career Transitions for 'Black' Ex-Professional Footballers useful, informative and engaging.
Chapter One: Introduction 
Chapter Two: Working-class Soccer Schoolboys, Race and Education in England 
Chapter Three: Football professionals, qualifications and post-playing career preparations 
Chapter Four: Retirement, Training and Transitions into non-Sport Work 
Chapter Five: Conclusion
Paul Ian Campbell is an award winning academic and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester. His work focuses on race, ethnicity, and sport. His previous work on race and local football in the British East Midlands won the British Sociological Association's Philip Abrams Memorial Prize in 2017.

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