An Ethnography of English Football Fans: Cans, Cops and Carnivals by Geoff PearsonAn Ethnography of English Football Fans: Cans, Cops and Carnivals by Geoff Pearson

An Ethnography of English Football Fans: Cans, Cops and Carnivals

byGeoff Pearson

Paperback | July 2, 2014

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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 teamsobserved - 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. Inachieving 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 looks atissues such as attitudes to gender, sexuality and race, and the impact of technology upon football fandom.The text will be of value to anyone studying, researching or interested in the behaviour of football fans, or ethnographic modes of enquiry more generally. It will be of particular value to those in the academic disciplines of policing, criminal justice, sociology, criminology, sports studies orresearch methods and to practitioners involved in the policing and management of sports crowds.
Geoff Pearson is Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool's Management School.
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Title:An Ethnography of English Football Fans: Cans, Cops and CarnivalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pagesPublished:July 2, 2014Publisher:Manchester University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0719095409

ISBN - 13:9780719095405

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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 teamsobserved - 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. Inachieving 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 looks atissues such as attitudes to gender, sexuality and race, and the impact of technology upon football fandom.The text will be of value to anyone studying, researching or interested in the behaviour of football fans, or ethnographic modes of enquiry more generally. It will be of particular value to those in the academic disciplines of policing, criminal justice, sociology, criminology, sports studies orresearch methods and to practitioners involved in the policing and management of sports crowds.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Ethnography: theory, method and practice
3. The football carnival
4. Identity and expression
5. Fans or hooligans?
6. Authority and social control
7. Alcohol and the effectiveness of alcohol controls
8. Attitudes to gender, sexuality, race and disability
9. The impact of technology
10. Conclusions
References
Index

Editorial Reviews

"... we should be eternally grateful that Geoff Pearson did the hard yards and embedded himself within these fan groups for so long and produced such an accessible, thoughtful and innovative book."