Hooligan Wars: Causes and Effects of Football Violence (Mainstream Sport)

Hooligan Wars: Causes and Effects of Football Violence (Mainstream Sport)

by Mark Perryman (Editor)


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? Hooligan Wars 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 analysed. And the impact of all-seater stadiums reviewed. A separate chapter considers the fans' experiences at the recent World Cup in South Korea and Japan. 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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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Edition: New ed
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Published: 03 Oct 2002

ISBN 10: 1840186704
ISBN 13: 9781840186703
Book Overview: A unique look at the cause and effects of football violence across Europe

Media Reviews
Hooligan Wars isn't another thugs eye account, instead it attempts a serious look at the causes and effects of hooliganism on the English game * FourFourTwo *
Author Bio
Mark Perryman edited The Ingerland Factor: Home Truths from Football and Philosophical Football: The Team that Plays with Strength in Depth. He writes regularly for When Saturday Comes, Total Football and the New Statesman.