University of Leicester eBulletin

Football Hooliganism - The 'Quest for Excitement'

May 2002
No 111

Soccer Academics Probe Violence Across 15 Nations

Will English soccer fans run amok at the World Cup? The British courts have prevented more than a thousand of them even going to Japan and Korea. British police have been sent to advise their Japanese and Korean counterparts on how to react if mayhem does break out.

We shall soon see. But if the English fans do not start fighting, others very likely will.

Soccer hooliganism has long been regarded as primarily an English disease, yet in fact it has long existed as a social problem worldwide.

In Fighting Fans, co-edited by experts at the University of Leicester Centre for Research into Sport and Society and just published by University College Dublin Press, experts consider the social roots and forms of hooliganism in fifteen countries. Why have such problems become more regularly attached to soccer than to other global sports? Do racial, religious or social class cleavages play a part in developing and fostering football violence? What part do the media play? Is hooliganism related to the degree to which soccer is central to the culture of a country, and the length of time that it has occupied such a position? The new book shows how football hooliganism is related to aggressive masculinity and how, even for peaceable spectators, attending matches is part of a 'quest for excitement' in modern societies.

The countries covered in the book are: Argentina, Australia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Japan, North America (and Great Britain of course).

The Book: 
Fighting Fans: Football Hooliganism as a World Phenomenon, edited by Eric Dunning, Patrick Murphy, Ivan Waddington, from the Centre for Research into Sport and Society, University of Leicester, and Antonios E Astrinakis
ISBN 1 900621 74 6  paper
back, 1 900621 73 8 hardback, University College Dublin Press, Preas Choláiste Ollscoile Bhaile Átha Cliath

NOTE TO NEWSDESKS: 
Contacts: 
Professor Eric Dunning, Dr Patrick Murphy or Dr Ivan Waddington
, Centre for Research into Sport and Society, University of Leicester, 14 Salisbury Road, Leicester, LE1 7QR , telephone +44 (0) 116 252 5929, Fax +44 (0) 116 252 5720
Barbara Mennell, Executive Editor, UCD Press, Newman House, 86 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 Ireland , telephone +353 (0) 1 716 7397, Fax +353 (0) 1 716 7211

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