In other words it provides the person who must deal with the problem with a way of dealing with it that is likely to be generally acceptable. In summary as Hall said in 1978, "it is certainly true that newspapers generally report on football using the sort of language which seems to derive more from the world of war than it does from sport." This probably helps to heighten rivalry between opposing fan group, as do the 'predictions' newspapers make before the game that 'trouble' is likely to occur between rival fans or that the police and local residents are preparing for an 'invasion' of visiting fans or are being placed on 'red alert.' It is also evident that the media plays a very significant role in the public's view of football hooliganism.
By far the biggest problem lies in the sensationalist reporting of the British tabloid press.
The development and effects of anti-hooligan policies are also assessed.
The emphasis throughout is on the importance of context, social interaction and collective identity for understanding football hooliganism.
However, as you know, this would take courage plus time therefore I decided against it.
Luckily, during my research I did find an interview with a football hooligan. In it she asked a couple of Man City fans who indulged in violence during the match.
Although at points I was tiny bit unsure if I was on the right lines as I realised it was really easy to get away form the topic I was studying.
The research methods I used at the beginning were, I felt, very good in that I dint need to change them.
This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in football culture, hooliganism and collective violence.
This paper discusses the author's fieldwork experiences while initiating and undertaking substantive participant observation research with two rival groups of Scottish football hooligans ("football casuals").