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Author Pearson, Geoff (Geoffrey Michael)

Title An ethnography of English football fans : cans, cops and carnivals / Geoff Pearson
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2012


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  302.330942 Pea/Eoe  AVAILABLE
 MELB  302.330942 Pea/Eoe  AVAILABLE
Description 201 pages ; 24 cm
Series New ethnographies
New ethnographies.
Contents 1. Ethnography: theory, method and practice -- 2. The football carnival -- 3. Identity and expression -- 4. Fans or hooligans? -- 5. Authority and social control -- 6. Alcohol and the effectiveness of alcohol controls -- 7. Attitudes to gender, sexuality, race and disability -- 8. The impact of technology -- 9. Conclusions
Summary "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 subculture of supporter--the 'carnival fan'-- who dominated the travelling support of the three teams observed--Manchester United, Blackpool and the England National Team. ... 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. ... The book also looks at issues such as attitudes to gender, sexuality and race, and the impact of technology upon football fandom."--Cover p. [4]
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Collective behavior.
Soccer fans -- England -- Psychology.
Soccer fans -- England -- Attitudes.
Soccer hooliganism -- England.
ISBN 071908721X (hbk.)
9780719087219 (hbk.)