Football Hooliganism - The 'Quest for Excitement'
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.
shall soon see. But if the English fans do not start fighting, others very
hooliganism has long been regarded as primarily an English disease, yet in fact
it has long existed as a social problem worldwide.
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.
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).
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
Professor Eric Dunning, Dr Patrick Murphy or Dr Ivan Waddington
Barbara Mennell, Executive Editor, UCD Press, Newman House, 86 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 Ireland
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