Football fans in an age of intolerance

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Abstract

This chapter explores the changing nature of policing at football matches, a change that incorporates two different forms of elitism. The shift, it is argued, relates to a move from traditional conservative snobbery about football fans, to a new form of cosmopolitan snobbery. The former, in the 1980s, resulted in the physical caging of fans and led to the deaths at Hillsborough. The latter is arguably more problematic and is preoccupied less with the control of ‘bodies’, than with the regulation of minds (and mouths). Today’s obsession about regulating football fans (and indeed players) stems from an exaggerated concern about the bigoted nature of football supporters – indeed of the white working class, in Britain. The regulation of speech and behaviour at games should be understood as a new form of moralising, a new etiquette and an intolerant form of policing of ‘offensiveness’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFootball hooliganism, fan behaviour and crime
Subtitle of host publicationcontemporary issues
EditorsMatt Hopkins, James Treadwell
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages201-221
Number of pages21
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781137347978
ISBN (Print)9781349467587
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2014

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Waiton, S. (2014). Football fans in an age of intolerance. In M. Hopkins, & J. Treadwell (Eds.), Football hooliganism, fan behaviour and crime: contemporary issues (1st ed., pp. 201-221). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137347978_10
Waiton, Stuart. / Football fans in an age of intolerance. Football hooliganism, fan behaviour and crime: contemporary issues. editor / Matt Hopkins ; James Treadwell. 1st. ed. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. pp. 201-221
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Waiton, S 2014, Football fans in an age of intolerance. in M Hopkins & J Treadwell (eds), Football hooliganism, fan behaviour and crime: contemporary issues. 1st edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 201-221. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137347978_10

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Waiton S. Football fans in an age of intolerance. In Hopkins M, Treadwell J, editors, Football hooliganism, fan behaviour and crime: contemporary issues. 1st ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2014. p. 201-221 https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137347978_10