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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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Authority and Social Control

Authority and Social Control

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An ethnography of English football fans

Geoff Pearson

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers the relationship between the carnival fan groups and those responsible for crowd management, control and safety. It looks at how fans viewed the police service and how certain policing strategies and tactics affected their behaviour, particularly with regard to cooperation with police requests (for example to join police escorts). It also considers the relationship fan groups had with match-day stewards and security staff. Finally the chapter details instances of where research participants and the author were subjected to abusive, indiscriminate and violent action by those in authority.

Keywords:   Football, Fans, Crowd Control, Policing, Stewarding, Disorder, ESIM

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