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Understanding Football Hooliganism: A comparison of Six Western European Football Clubs

Spaaij, Ramon (2006) Understanding Football Hooliganism: A comparison of Six Western European Football Clubs. Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam.

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Football hooliganism periodically generates widespread political and public anxiety. In spite of the efforts made and resources invested over the past decades, football hooliganism is still perceived by politicians, policymakers and media as a disturbing social problem. This highly readable book provides the first systematic and empirically grounded comparison of football hooliganism in different national and local contexts. Focused around the six Western European football clubs on which the author did his research, the book shows how different clubs experience and understand football hooliganism in different ways. The development and effects of anti-hooligan policies are also assessed. The emphasis throughout is on the importance of context, social interaction and collective identity for understanding football hooliganism. This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in football culture, hooliganism and collective violence.

Item Type: Book
ISBN: 9789056294458
Uncontrolled Keywords: football hooliganism, social problem, football culture, hooliganism, anti-hooligan policies
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Ms Julie Gardner
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 07:36
Last Modified: 27 May 2014 07:36
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