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The most incredible thing about this book is the character bbill. The scene that sums up what is wrong with what Buford puts forward comes near the end of the middle portion of the book.

But like a car accident, you just can’t look away. Dozens of violent encounters at each game?

Among The Thugs

He goes to several National Front NF gatherings, as he regards the NF supporters as having a number of traits in common with football hooligans, one of which turns violent. So too does the violence increase in severity, in the form of stabbings. And to think I went to a FA cup final injust at the height of the violent era – was spat on, peed on, squashed and excoriated.

And of course there’s the minor stuff, life “on the jib” to get as much stolen beer and illegal rides out of football as possible. Considering I have virtually no knowledge or interest in sports in general and football soccer in particular and am generally squeamish about violence, the fact I found this book such a great read is impressive.

Thompson did for s motorcycle thuhs, Bill Buford thygs does for s English soccer fan culture and it’s well worth reading if that interests you as it did me.

It gives you an insight into the underbelly of the new, media savvy, free-speech right, and where they came from. As a leaderless crowd becomes directed toward a common purpose, the leaderlessness of the crowd becomes unimportant ubford all the members of the group lose their identity. It is an undeniable fact that by all conventional measures, attending a football game in England is a terrible way to spend a Saturday after Among the Thugs stands next The Hell’s Angels as an unflinching look at a violent male subculture, in this case the classic English football hooligan of the s.


A picket line is precisely itself: Buford immerses himself in the scary, stupid, and bewildering world of soccer hooligans – a task that involves attending a National Front ie.

The flesh exposed was your standard, assembly line, gray weather English flesh. We’ve noticed you’re adblocking.

There’s a stellar analysis of crowd dynamics and the disconcerting conclusion that soccer hooligans are addicts of a sort and that bufogd violence is simply their drug of choice. The book elegantly examines the process by which the boundaries toward violent escalation are transgressed. Buford also argues that those in a crowd collectively make the decision whether or not to cross thresholds of violence.

You may not have agreed with them, but what should they do, and what should you do, had the government chosen to roll out the. It isn’t individual sadism, but group-think gone off. All around I saw meters and meters of skin that had been stained with these totemic pledges of permanence.

I think when an “important” book is attractive to me, it’s usually because I think it’s going to agree with how I feel about shit. The third theme is racism.

Holland game in Sardinia seems to fit his theory nicely. I’d forgotten about this one. Well, two things happened. There’s the ambiguous relationship between hooligans, the press, and law enforcement. By surrounding themselves with like-minded fellows, equally prepared to make a statement with force, the crowd overcomes the individual and a person who acts as pleasant as anyone in his everyday life can become a battle-hardened criminal in the midst of the crowd.

He’s also very sincere with himself and his subjects.

Among the Thugs by Bill Buford

Thompson did for the Hells Angels. There is form in an experience that tends towards abandon. It suffers because it is really two books, an up-close and personal account of soccer hooliganism and an examination of crowds and crowd violence.

The crowd is the the base of everything else in football, an animal energy that is the true draw, not the action on the pitch. Most of the people who spoke to him seem to have done so under some level of anonymity, intentionally keeping their distance, and yet he never represents himself as anything but an interested third party to them – most want him around specifically because they believe he might help them bolster their reputations.


It was over and above Tottenham Hotspur the following: That was on the terraces. There is a particularly savage image of a drunk “supporter,” as Buford calls the hooligans, throwing lighted matches on the shoes of a well-to-do businessman riding in first-class, perhaps ho 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.

The violence that proceeded the England v. He starts as an outsider, an American living in London for many years without ever attending a soccer game. What makes Rob Baxter angry There are not enough seats for all; most stand to watch and are pressed together in a remarkable intimacy during the game. I don’t think this is a book where we’re meant to revel in the violence. How can this be touching? Dec 09, J rated it liked it.

This was a violent, crowd-ruled thing. I have let myself become one of them.

Anyone can be a leader and anyone can be a follower, a soldier. The 50 thuvs sports books ever written. Want to Read saving…. It was also hard not to wonder about the person who would do this to his body. Thusg half way through the book seems to meander and lose its way with a chapter on the white power movement and the National Front and then a more sociological chapter on crowd violence and mob theory. OK with Buford, but with you?

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