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Hooligan Wars
By Mark Perryman

Hooligan Wars

Causes and Effects of Football Violence

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Hooligan Wars by Mark Perryman

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840186703
ISBN-10: 1840186704
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 128mm x 24mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mark Perryman

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.

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