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Hooligan Wars: Causes and Effects of Football Violence

Mainstream

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ISBN 10: 1840184213 / ISBN 13: 9781840184211
Published by Mainstream, 2002
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Title: Hooligan Wars: Causes and Effects of ...

Publisher: Mainstream

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Ed..

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The good, the bad, the beautiful game: a mix that few can explain and yet whenever football hooliganism breaks out, the government, the football authorities, the police and journalists are all too ready to offer quick-fix solutions - solutions that rarely consider the underlying causes of the violence. Is it about boys becoming men? Racism and the hatred of all things foreign? Or about a defence of territory and national pride? This title looks behind the easy answers by comparing England's fan culture to football supporters' experience in France, Germany and Holland. The role of fascist groups is investigated. The effect of media coverage of hooliganism is analyzed. And the impact of all-seater stadiums reviewed. Rivalry with "the other lot" and winding up those we love to put one over on will always be a big part of what it means to be a football fan. Is the connection between this and violence something that can never be broken? What would football be like free of hooliganism? In trying to rid the game of its ugly underbelly, are we in danger of softening too many of those rough edges that makes it so special? This is a book that takes risks by asking awkward questions. Football violence is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's time to break the spell.

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Mark Perryman edited The Ingerland Factor: Home Truths from Football (1999) and Philosophical Football: The Team that Plays with Strength in Depth (1999) both are available from Mainstream Publishing. He is a member of the National Consultative Group of the England Members Club and he was a fan representative on the Home Office Football and Public Disorder Working Group. He is a regular contributor to When Saturday Comes, Total Football and the New Statesman, a media commentator on fan issues and he co-founded Philosophy Football.

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