Kicks, Spits, and Headers: The Autobiographical Reflections of an Accidental Footballer
Paolo Sollier (Author) Sandro Mezzadra (Preface by)
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DescriptionKicks, Spits, and Headers documents two years of football by a self-proclaimed accidental footballer. Coming of age during the student and worker revolt of the 1960s-1970s, the Italian 'hot autumn, ' Paolo Sollier brought these countercultural energies and Marxist politics on to the football pitch, inadvertently becoming an icon along the way. Here he describes, in lucid and humorous prose, the challenges of trying make sense of and balance the tensions and contradictions between being a professional footballer and a political militant
May 03, 2022
5.4 X 8.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.48 pounds
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About the Author
Paolo Sollier was a professional footballer in the 1970s, then manager in the amateur leagues. He is author of the bestseller Calci, Sputi e Colpi di Testa, first published in 1976 and here translated into English for the first time.
Sandro Mezzadra is Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bologna. He is currently Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, and visiting research fellow at the Humboldt University, Berlin and in 2010 was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Duke University. He has published widely in Italian and other languages on contemporary migration and borders, globalization, contemporary capitalism and postcolonial theory. He is an active participant in the 'post-workerist' debates and one of the founders of the website Euronomade (www.euronomade.info). He has been visiting professor and research fellow in several places and coordinator of the Italian research team for three major EU projects. With Brett Neilson he is the author of Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (Duke University Press, 2013).