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An ethnography of English football fansCans, cops and carnivals$
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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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The Football Carnival

The Football Carnival

(p.38) 2 The Football Carnival
An ethnography of English football fans

Geoff Pearson

Manchester University Press

This chapter investigates the idea the football fandom is an expression of the carnivalesque and a transgression from everyday norms. It provides a discussion of how the theory of carnival as the ‘world turned upside down’ (deriving from Bakhtin's work), fits with the reality of the match-going experience for fans. It also discusses the theory that it performs a cathartic nature. The chapter concludes that for a sub-culture of fans the analogy of football as carnival is a helpful tool for explaining motivations and behaviour. It also looks at where the carnival was physically and socially ‘located’ at the three clubs under research – Blackpool FC, Manchester United and the England national team.

Keywords:   Football, Fan, Carnival, Bakhtin, Blackpool FC, Manchester United, England

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