Football hooliganism as a transnational phenomenon: Past and present analysis: A critique – More specificity and less generality

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Spaaij, Ramon (2007) Football hooliganism as a transnational phenomenon: Past and present analysis: A critique – More specificity and less generality. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 24 (4). pp. 411-431. ISSN 0952-3367 (print) 1743-9035 (online)

Abstract

Despite the ongoing globalization of football culture and societies at large, there remain important cross-national and cross-local variations in the level and forms of football hooliganism. These dissimilarities thwart efforts to conceptualize and explain football hooliganism as a homogeneous phenomenon and, more specifically, seriously limit the applicability of dominant sociological theories on the subject. The author illustrates his argument with an examination of international research literature and empirical data on the social composition of one Spanish and one Dutch hooligan group. He argues that comparative research into football hooliganism should move beyond general explanations in terms of societal fault lines and towards a more detailed analysis of hooligans' subcultural identities and social interactions.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24944
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09523360601157156
Official URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0952336...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Current > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Current > Division/Research > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Keywords football hooliganism, violent behaviour, comparative research, football culture, social interactions
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