The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is pleased to announce the publishing of the 205-page book “The Balotelli generation. Issues of Inclusion and Belonging in Italian Football and Society”, which is authored by sport lecturer Max Mauro.
The book is an analysis of sport participation of youth of immigrant background and issues of representation in relation to national identity. The analysis is based on the Italian example, since it is a country of relatively short immigration history and with a great passion for sport, and particularly football.
The book originates from 40 in-depth interviews with young players aged seventeen to twenty-three, born in Italy to immigrant parents or raised in Italy since their childhood. It further collates over thirty interviews and conversations with coaches, club and league administrators, educators, and migrants’ rights activists. Analysis of official documents and media analysis further contribute to the construction of a specific body of knowledge which sheds an unprecedented light on issues which are at the forefront of policy discussions and media discourses across Europe.
Max Mauro is a writer and a lecturer focusing mainly on migrant’s rights, youth studies, and sport. He is associate lecturer in Sport Studies at Southampton Solent University and associate lecturer in Youth Studies at the Open University.