Football, Violence, and Social Identity

Football, Violence, and Social Identity

Football, Violence, and Social Identity

Football, Violence, and Social Identity


Drawing on research from Britain, Europe, Argentina and the USA this volume examines the culture and loyalties of soccer players and crowds and their relationships to social order, disorder and violence. This informative and accessible book will be of interest to students of Sport Science and to all of those who love the game of soccer.


Richard Giulianotti, Norman Bonney and Mike Hepworth

This edited collection is about football fan association and behaviour; more specifically, it is about football fan violence. It explores the inter-relations of participatory and aggressive behaviour, social identity, and the politics of public order and control, within a football context. In contradistinction to Steve Redhead's (1986) stretched claim, it is not the 'final football book' on fan violence or supporter culture generally. Rather, as its various contributors demonstrate, it is part of a series of academic texts exploring football fan culture and experience. In keeping with the overriding theme of these inquiries, our principal concern is with football-related violence. However, its cross-cultural and interdisciplinary themes provide the collection with an appreciably fresh approach to this subject.

This collection is the first major English language text to draw together a spectrum of international and methodological perspectives on football fan violence. In doing so, it is situated at the interface of transformations and continuities in football's contemporary status. Changes relate most notably to its globalization, as the world's premier spectator sport and cultural form—witnessed not only in the financial promise of the United States hosting the 1994 World Cup Finals, but also at the affective, everyday level, through football followers' heightened curiosity with, and media consumption of, the game's interpretation and performance in other nations and continents. A counterpoint to these dynamics is the most palpable, culturally shared experience of football, its public, media and governmental association with varying degrees of partisanship, rivalry and aggression among its spectators.

There has been a marked consistency in the academic ques-

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