Policing football: Social interaction and negotiated disorder

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This book presents a critical portrait of the British police through a detailed ethnography of their work at football matches. Megan O'Neill not only sheds light on a topic of intense media interest, football hooliganism, but also presents the police in a totally fresh perspective. By using the work of Erving Goffman, she demonstrates how the police are a far from unified force. Their informal interaction 'teams' divide them operationally and socially.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages220
ISBN (Electronic)9781280455681, 9780230512405
ISBN (Print)9781403941183
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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