The American-born editor of the British literary magazine Granta presents a horrifying, searing account of the young British men who turn soccer matches at. Buy Among The Thugs New Ed by Bill Buford (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin’ Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester.

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The police become the thugs that Buford so denigrates, but Buford does not think of them as thugs. Lots of wonderful story telling around the many matches he attended and fans he tries to understand and sociology he theorizes about throughout. It’s totally relevant, and as long as people engage in crowd behavior, it will remain so. Willing to mix it up, get loathed and rat-arsed, with thugs and hooligans to find out more about the psychology of crowd violence.

And I appreciated some excellent turns of phrase in there. The power of crowd, the Lad culture and football. The book is most interesting where he talks about the Manchester United fans, who he initially fell in with and followed around for some time.

In it, there were many bilo, the raw rim of the gums showing where once there must have been teeth. The more hte becomes drawn into their world and the more he finds himself accepted in it, the more he finds himself buforf a willing participant in the thrilling violence. Observations of the group dynamic On a positive note, Buford does well describing the dynamics of the group situation and the dynamics of a group situation that involves boys.


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The police are always right. Bill Buford captures that feeling and, a little chillingly, sometimes makes it enticing. The most incredible thing about this book is the character studies. The two rarely mesh into one narrative. He meets and discusses several supporters and examines how those supporters fit in with national stereotypes of “hooligan” football youths.

I have it on very good authority nobody had ever heard of him and this book is all hearsay and based on stories told to him or through other books. This section contains words approx.

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If ever a tuhgs could haunt me, this would be the one. The football authorities drew up new rules for every stadium in Britain: It’s a problem that’s almost been solved. I was personally hoping to find crazier stories but this remains a good book to read nonetheless.

A riot directed towards a hosting city would be unusual. How can this be touching? Recommended for afficionados of British working class culture.

Packed in as sardines, no seats, moving as a crowd, running to the exists thw the game is over. Jan 15, Marco Pavan rated it liked it.

In one short chapter, Buford talks to a police captain who can’t believe that in the States, at a football game, people show up shortly before the game as opposed to r It takes something willing to go pretty far to call it one of the most intense reads I’ve ever had.

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The second thug is violence. It helped me, despite my knowledge albeit somewhat limited of ajong history of English football, to broach the phenomenon of the English soccer hooligan.

Bill Buford, an American export to Britain, began an exploration of sports violence after he had the misfortune to take a train that was being systematically destroyed by hundreds of Liverpool soccer team supporters – the police seemingly unable to control the riot, indeed as afraid as the other passengers.

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He witnesses their crimes as well as participates in their horrific acts and finds himself enticed to violence and fascinated by crowd violence. Buford is thufs editor for Grantaand so the book reads more like a lengthy New Bufore profile, rather than A Clockwork Orange. Later on, or maybe before, we learn the police in this or another instant let loose the dogs on the crowd which had not done anything yet. Buford is the author of the books: To Buford, this act became symbolic of the revolt of the unemployed and uneducated against class distinctions: Here I am, being whipped by a policeman, arguing with him being urged on by the supporters behind me — by the supporters behind me?

One of many American moments of crowd violence that appeared well before the publication does not appear: The people were responding thygs a military invasion with the only means available to them: Status does not matter in the crowd, your profession or salary falls to the wayside.

Is it biological, innate to our ghugs, or does it result from environmental conditions, overcrowding and poverty? Nov 02, Amie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: For the full review, please see this link There are two kinds of violence in Among the Thugs.