Policing Football: Social Interaction and Negotiated by M. O'Neill

By M. O'Neill

This publication provides a severe portrait of the British police via a close ethnography in their paintings at soccer suits. Megan O'Neill not just sheds gentle on an issue of extreme media curiosity, soccer hooliganism, but additionally offers the police in a wholly clean standpoint. by utilizing the paintings of Erving Goffman, she demonstrates how the police are a much from unified strength. Their casual interplay "teams" divide them operationally and socially.

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Armstrong and Young have also noted this tendency of the authorities at this time to see all fans who were vocal in their support as hooligans. ‘In their deliberations they believed that the fans who fought were also those doing most of the singing and chanting; so that almost inevitably the “hooligan” label became related to words as well as actions’ (2000: 176). Thus the hooligan ‘problem’ was seen to be larger than it probably was. The differences between fans and hooligans will be explored in more detail in the next section of this chapter.

Philips (1988) presented at a University of Leicester conference on the issue. He states that so far academic research has not been doing the police service much good. In contrast to their beliefs, police control at football matches is a good thing and needs to develop even more intelligence practices to be wholly effective. He has a low regard for football hooligans and feels that a change in the atmosphere at football games would contribute to a decrease in disorder. The Leicester influence can also be detected in two other police papers on football hooliganism.

Like Armstrong, his was an ethnographic study that developed a close relationship with the casuals and could accurately and completely discuss who they were and what motivates them to do what they do. He found that hooligans are far more incorporated into UK society than the Leicester researchers suggested. ‘Money is important for socialising in pubs, clubs, football grounds and so on; for travelling to matches in the UK or abroad; for purchasing menswear or other commodities’ (1999: 51). Hooligans have a particular ‘taste’ and have even become a trendy sub-culture with which to be associated if one is a young male.

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