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Geoff Pearson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087219

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087219.001.0001

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An ethnography of English football fans

Geoff Pearson

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces ‘An ethnography of English football fans’ and the concept of the ‘carnival fan’. It identifies that football crowds are made up of numerous different sub-cultures. It provides a brief literature review of previous work on football fandom and ‘hooliganism’, focussing particularly on the work of Marsh, Armstrong, Giulianotti and the ‘Leicester School’. It also contains a discussion of the role of the media and fan confessionals (or ‘hoolie-lit’) in the construction and presentation of football crowd behaviour.

Keywords:   Football, Fan, Hooligan, Carnival, Bakhtin

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