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Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
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Dec 01, 09

Read in January, 1992

This book is much more a work of sociology than a book about sports. Buford spent a great deal of time with football holligans of various stripes, and takes you inside their mentality in a way that illuminates how frightening and sad these people are. But one can also see why, in a perverse way, these people have an obsession with their football teams and an attraction to group violence - many of the thugs have no other meaningful attachments in their lives. For an hour on Sundays, they are "somebody", and they can rage against "others", even when those others have done nothing other than root for a different football club. The book is like a car wreck that you have to look at.
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