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Entertainment and Sports Law Journal
169 Publications
OpenAIRE 3.0 (OA, funding)


  • An Ethnography of English Football Fans: Cans, Cops and Carnivals

    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...

    The Regulation of on-the-ball Offences: Challenges in Court

    Following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in R v Barnes it was argued that on-the-ball contacts in sport, in breach of the rules of the game, were unlikely to be classed as criminal. It was perceived that these types of injury-causing acts were not sufficiently grave to warrant criminality and were better regulated internally or by the civil law. However, the imprisonment of amateur footballer Mark Chapman, for an injury-causing tackle, has challenged this viewpoint. This paper will explore th...

    New Perspectives on Sport and ‘Deviance’: Consumption, Performativity and Social Control by Tony Blackshaw and Tim Crabbe

    ‘The everyday makeup of contemporary sport in increasingly characterised by a perceived explosion of deviance - violence, drug taking, racism, homophobia, misogyny, corruption and excess. Whereas once these behaviours may have been subject to the moral judgments of authority, in the face of dramatic socio-cultural change they become more a matter of populist consumer gaze.’

    Emotional Hooligan: Post-Subcultural Research and the Histories of Britain’s Football Gangs

    This review essay looks anew at the connection between ‘deviant’ football hooligan literature and contemporary football hooligan subcultures. It considers some implications for the study of male dominated hooligan subcultures and the methodologies to be employed. The essay draws on new research work into the ‘low’ sport journalism genre of British football hooliganism literature, involving a comprehensive collection and reading of myriad football hooligan fan memoirs as well as interviews wit...

    Erasmus Mundus and Education: The Leisure, Entertainment and Governance Initiative

    The papers collected here arose out of participation in, or were inspired by, an EU funded Erasmus Mundus Intensive Programme, entitled Leisure Entertainment and Governance (LEGo) that took place in Trondheim, Norway in March and April 2009. The initiative for the special issue arose out of this, and the partnership forged between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Malmö University in Sweden, and the University of Westminster in the UK.
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