Luis Escobedo is a Peruvian postdoctoral fellow at UFS Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (IRSJ). His research focuses primarily on the application of discourse and visual analysis, postcolonial and feminist approaches, and race theory in the study of whiteness, race and racism, nationalism and ethnicity, ideology, and violence, in postcolonial and post-apartheid contexts. As a PhD student at the University of Warsaw in Poland and later as a visiting lecturer at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in Mexico, he has actively participated in presentations, panels, and roundtables in different parts of the world. Likewise, he has organized and conducted workshops and seminars; founded, coordinated and advised non-profit and student organizations, clubs and projects; collaborated with the press; engaged in voluntary teaching; and designed courses, syllabi, source texts, stimulus materials,
FIFA seen from a Postcolonial Perspective
When we study ideology, we are often led to the ‘usual suspects’: states, political parties, social movements, and political ideologues. Instead, we propose to use a critique of ideology in the study of an international sporting federation (ISF), namely, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA – International Federation of Association Football). Our aim is to shed light on FIFA’s concealment of the ideological in order to legitimize its monopoly over global football and effectively advance its goals. We especially borrow from Marxist and neo-Marxist insights, as well as Slavoj Žižek’s critique of ideology. We then discuss the key characteristics of what we would define as FIFA’s ideology. Our claim is that FIFA’s ideology embodies the following characteristics: Hyper-capitalism, neocolonialism, opportunistic nationalism, liberal illiberalism, masculinism, and paganism. We conclude that the study of FIFA’s ideology creates an area of opportunity to engage in meaningful change that will radically transform the way football and, perhaps other sports, are conceived of and run.
This is a co-authored paper by Dr Tamir Bar-On (Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico), and Dr Luis Escobedo (former Monterrey Institute of Technology visiting lecturer, and currently postdoctoral fellow at IRSJ). For logistical reasons, the paper will be presented by Luis Escobedo only.