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. Buy Among The Thugs New Ed by Bill Buford (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. 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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Along with the senselessness of the English lad football fan, I found a cogent analysis of bikl Brexit vote. Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.

But somehow, thousands if not millions of English headed out to the grounds every Saturday. It pricks itself so that it has feeling, bums its flesh so that it has smell.

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In a perfect world, I would like to think Buford would get upset about this kind of pre-emptive treatment by police of people who have not done anything wrong. Kent State Massacres, or any police riot, for that matter.

It was over and above Tottenham Hotspur the following: It should be noted that Buford does not write, either, about things like the Watts riots.

The indignant white privileged American in Buford comes out. Already have an account?

In a series of short narrative essays about his experiences across England and the continent, with all sorts of fringe members of “the Firm”, Buford explores what that meaning is. I had PTSD or several days afterwards. Specifically, the Hillsborough disaster in a,ong killed Buford was an American living in England.


Of the teeth still intact, many were chipped or split; none was straight: Their alcohol-fueled ragers are both unbelievable and at the same time rendered mundane by their transition into writing. Curious how these things work out sometimes. Consenting thugs and people revolting against oppression are two very different things and should not be conflated in a glib way.

Next stop on his logic train is: December Learn how and when to remove this template message. It is difficult to explain the cultural and societal impact of football in England to someone from the United Billl. If being part of a crowd is transforming, being part of a violent mob is ecstatic: This study guide contains the following sections: Still, that is the approach he chose and it has its merits.

I was personally hoping to find crazier stories but this remains a good book to read nonetheless.

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A riot directed towards a hosting city would be unusual. Apr 12, Roy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: What makes Rob Baxter angry It was lucky that Buford’s time as a soccer hooligan matched up with some of the peaks of the violence, and also that it ended around the same time that the folks involved seem to be fading away and a lot of the violence was dying down. So they took him. If you are already familiar with the problem, as he is, then you are probably already sick of it.

As much as I am loathe to make this comparison and argumentI think it is worth considering: Bill Buford is an American author and journalist.

It’s a good book, a bit repetitive perhaps, lacking a central cast, lacking cohesion possibly. One scene I thought was interesting was when Buford speaking with a police chief about football violence and the chief seemed incredulous that in the US football games are held regularly with little to no violence.


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Buford is also an American, and so he brings this perspective to his book. 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. The two rarely mesh into one narrative.

Conclusion While Buford does a good job describing the violence of self-selecting crowds of consenting adults and juveniles to fight other crowds of self-selecting adults and juveniles, he condones police brutality and police riots. It is an undeniable fact that by all conventional measures, attending a football game in England is a terrible way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Be this as it were, I still managed to rampage through this book. Buford’s first topic is the crowd itself, human individuality compressed into the herd, submerged in the crush, the chanting, the mass of movements.


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This book provided me with my weekly dose of gratuitous violence, similar I suppose to the chair-throwing on Jerry Tbe or, better yet, an episode of pro wrestling! Buford does not offer a conclusive explanation for why he thinks that this violence occurs.

Lists with This Book. Dozens of violent encounters at each game? The book is definitely worth reading.