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An Ethnography of English Football Fans: Cans, Cops and Carnivals
This book is an ethnographic account of English football fans, based upon sixteen years' of participant observation. The author identifies a distinct sub-culture of supporter – the "carnival fan" – who dominated the traveling support of the three teams observed - Manchester United, Blackpool and the England National Team. This accessible account follows these groups home a ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Manchester University Press
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In the latest book in the ‘New Ethnographies’ series from Manchester University Press Geoff Pearson has provided us with a much needed fresh perspective on football fan research. It should become a leading text in the field. There are three excellent participation observation studies presented here, all conducted by the author, from a period of fifteen years of fieldwork. They focus on fans of Blackpool FC, Manchester United FC and England; in Pearson’s words ‘the loud and noisy subculture of wi ...more