Violence and Racism in Football

Violence and Racism in Football : Politics and Cultural Conflict in British Society, 1968-1998

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This study, based on government records, newspaper articles and fanzines, explores the complex interaction between politicians, police and the perpetrators of football violence. Bebber looks at how successive governments tried to impose law and order on football `hooligans', whilst inadvertently escalating the violence.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 17.53mm | 635g
  • Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 black & white illustrations
  • 1848932669
  • 9781848932661
  • 2,846,073

Table of contents

Introduction: Sport, Politics and History in Postwar Britain Part I: Violence and Politics in British Football 1 An Introduction to Football Violence: Context, Community and Conflict 2 Moral Anxieties, National Mythologies and Football Violence Part II: The Total Policy of Containment 3 Violent Environments: Physical Space, Discipline and Football Disorder 4 Police and the State: Tactics, Networks and the Development of Football Policing 5 Stretching Punishment: The State, Law and Order, and Threatening the Spectator Part III: Racism and Cultural Conflict in British Football 6 The Football Front: Neo-Fascist and Anti-Fascist Politics in Football, 1977-85 7 'Ten Years Behind the Times': Racism and Anti-Racism in Football, 1986-98 8 'A Different Set of Rules': Black Footballers, Anti-Racism and Whiteness Conclusion: Legacies of Violence in British Football
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Review quote

'Original and ambitious ... Recommended' - CHOICE

'Brett Bebber has written a very useful book. He has managed to produce both a state-of-the-art synthesis of research on football violence and to offer new insight on the question thanks to his painstaking scrutiny of various, often well-hidden primary resources.' - Cercles

'Detailed and rigorous, Bebber's book makes a significant contribution to sports history, sociology and twentieth-century British social history' - Matthew Taylor, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

'Extremely well-researched, insightful and scholarly - a welcome addition to work on sport and football' - Sandra Dawson, Northern Illinois University, USA

'This book contains important research, and the documents Brett Bebber has read and brought to light are a real contribution to our understanding of some parlous times in the post-war history of British society' - Reviews in History

'Few scholars have sought to examine the policing of football hooliganism and the least studied of all aspects is the impact of counter-hooliganism policies. In Violence and Racism in Football: Politics and Cultural Conflict in British Society, 1968-1998, the American historian Brett Bebber aims at drawing a broader picture of the phenomenon. His study, based on research in government archives, police records, newspaper articles, and fanzines, examines the interactions between politicians, police and violent spectators.' - The Nordic Sports Science Forum

'An interesting and useful survey that offers a blow-by-blow review of the British states' attempt to "manage" hooliganism.' - Sport in History
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About Brett Bebber

Brett Bebber is Assistant Professor of History at Old Dominion University, USA
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