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A New Formation

A New Formation

How Black Footballers Shaped the Modern Game

Summary

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.

Reviews

  • 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

About the author

Calum Jacobs

Calum Jacobs is a writer, editor and creative practitioner from south London who draws on sociology, history and culture to explore the liminality of Black British life. In 2017, he launched CARICOM Magazine, a print and online platform dedicated to discussing football and broader culture through a Black lens. Jacobs is also a contributor to various sport and culture publications, and has worked on creative projects for agencies and brands. A New Formation is his first book.
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