Among The Thugs [Bill Buford] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Among the Thugs by Bill Buford. Vintage Books, The American-born editor of the British literary magazine Granta presents a horrifying, searing account of the young British men who turn soccer matches at. They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin’ Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester.

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To see ampng your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A stabbing at a football game would be unbelievably rare in the States, and in fact, it’s a lot more likely that a player will get a concussion on the field than it is that a player will get one in the stands.

Specifically, it is a police riot. So they took smong. Buford walks this line where he can tell us about the violence, talk about the appeal, and it doesn’t feel like he’s trying to convince us to get involved or that it’s not so bad.

However, in the end, he realizes the youths are simply members of the same bored working class that has always existed, and that their violence is extreme only because they have no real societal ties. Retrieved from ” https: Buford offers up several theories for why these “hooligans” who are by and large normal law abiding citizens by day commit unspeakable acts of violence in the nam Only Bill Buford could take subject matter so disturbing and write about it in a way that is both sensitive and compelling.

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It’s hilarious, in a grim kind of way, which is how hilarious should be. I found myself looking into a particularly ugly mouth. Buford also argues that those in a crowd collectively blil the decision whether or not to cross thresholds of violence.

When they leave, the observers must exit through narrow gates and are forced to herd together in a fashion Buford could only describe as a stampede. Buford was an American living in England. As these workers competed on the football pitch, they also competed for jobs. 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.


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As a leaderless crowd becomes directed toward a common buforv, the leaderlessness of the crowd becomes unimportant because all the members of the group lose their identity. The rioting scenes are very well written and still, to me, quite unimaginable.

Buford came back to the seen after some time away from the matches and the lad culture that had been so much a part of the football firms had been replaced by a lad culture concerned with drugs, Acid house parties, and local music scenes.

For me, this comes after a six buforx fascination with soccer violence. Buford does not offer a conclusive explanation for why he thinks that this violence occurs. And then there’s the minor problems of no parking, akong transit, and sanitary facilities consisting of ‘pee on the people lower than you’.

Buford’s first topic is the crowd itself, human individuality compressed into the herd, submerged in the crush, the chanting, the mass of movements. Because the smong are so efficient at preventing the violence between clubs, when it comes come out, the violence is done towards everything else.

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Oct 03, Kate rated it really liked it. But as shown by the epigraphs preceding each chapter, the problem The violence directed at others and property, in the context of the UK, is created by the inability of the hooligans to direct it at each other, i. Later on, or maybe before, we learn the police in this or another instant let loose the dogs on the crowd which had not done anything yet. Sep 10, Anders rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Studying this scene on the tank, in media res, I can infer the order of events that led to it: Bill Buford, thuts 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 bilp other passengers.

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I quote in full. You’ll be gripped, and amazed.

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The more fluid, or the more involved the event or rioting already is, the easier it is for the individual to step over that next line, and to have the group follow. Jul 30, Chad Statler rated it really liked it.

If you know nothing about hooligans, than you will find it fascinating. Your friend is being beaten as described above, except this is on an American street. Holland game in Sardinia seems to fit his theory nicely.

People in crowds are typically those who have “abandoned intelligence. He disagrees with the findings of Edmund Burke, Gustave LeBon, Blil Taine and Freud, arguing their vantage points on crowds was too far removed from the heart of the action.

The hooligans of differing clubs are willing participants in, what was until the police stepped up their game, a violent but not usually life-threatening activity. The list of dislikes, I decided, was straightforward. He relates both first-hand and second-hand reports of hooligan violence, ranging from beatings to stabbings to a supporter biting out the eye of a police officer.

Bkll not in the predictable riot The English disease in all its gory.

But Buford really makes it work, as he seamlessly and realistically combines an interesting, compelling story with his spot-on insights into the English working class. 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. There’s also a chance of tuhgs violence at the hands of supporters of the other team, of the police, or the crowd itself. There’s the Aming disaster, and crowd control reform.