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An Ethnography of English Football Fans
Author: Geoff Pearson

ISBN: 9780719095405
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 16 July 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.2
Description:
This is an ethnographic account of English football fans who travel home and away following their team, based upon sixteen years' participant observation. The author identifies a distinct sub-culture of supporter - the 'carnival fan' - who dominated the travelling support of the three teams observed - Manchester United, Blackpool and the England National Team. This accessible account follows these groups home and abroad, describing their interpretations, motivations and behaviour and challenging a number of the myths about 'hooliganism' and crowd control.

An Ethnography of English football fans identifies the primary motivation of these fan groups to be the creation of a carnival - a period of transgression from the norms of everyday life based upon congregating in groups, alcohol consumption, humour and tomfoolery, and expressions of identity. In achieving these aims, the fan groups were frequently brought into conflict with the football authorities, police and 'hooligan' groups and this account includes explanations of some of the most serious instances of crowd disorder involving English fans in the last two decades. The book also look...

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