Among The Thugs [Bill Buford] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Among the Thugs by Bill Buford. Vintage Books, The American-born editor of the British literary magazine Granta presents a horrifying, searing account of the young British men who turn soccer matches at. They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin’ Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester.
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When I finished the last word of the last page, I had a strong desire to start from page one and read it all over again, but mentally I am not sure I would be prepared for it, knowing what is contained within each chapter. He looks at the progression of the crowd, in its various guises: He never acknowledges the fascist behavior of the authorities that he signs off on, or that, when he rails against it, he later feels guilty about it.
Paperbackpages. The crowd is a means to an end, and “when it goes off”, as signaled by someone throwing a trash bin through a window, the crowd becomes animated in mass violence, from throwing stones at riot police, to mass property destruction and semi-random knifings.
Apr 19, Evan rated it it was amazing Shelves: A New Yorker writer, Buford is the straight man to the crazy brutal violent world around him and he tells how he got sucked in only to emerge lucky to keep his life. Laugh at the freak! The power of crowd, the Lad culture and football.
Among The Thugs is a great and terrible book. When they riot, they riot against everything and everyone: Jun 19, Colleen rated it it was amazing. While an interesting look at the violence among football supporters of England, this book is, at heart, an examination of what occurs during crowd violence and how such violence erupts to destroy and kill anything in its path.
Order our Among the Thugs Study Guide. Although that argument can certainly be made, that the state is allowed to kill but we as aomng non-state-sponsored actors are not, it is certainly a flimsy one. That was in Buford is one of the whipped people. The hooligans of differing clubs are willing participants in, what was until the police stepped up their game, a violent but not usually life-threatening activity.
Take a minute to think about, say, the Occupy Wallstreet protesters, across the country. More on that latter. It would have been interesting to read this book in its time, since the Hillsborough disaster changed so much, and for that matter a follow up, even a brief one in the New Yorker? The police become the thugs that Buford so denigrates, but Buford does not think of them as thugs. This conceit is grounded in the wrong conception of other societal ills, like domestic violence.
Studying this scene on the tank, in media res, I can infer the order of events that led to it: Specifically, the Hillsborough disaster in that killed A somewhat ridiculous evil, but an evil none the less. Jul 30, Chad Statler rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. View the Study Pack.
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The book is very well written and fascinating in parts. I wish I would have read this when I first came across it inbut I am glad to have done it now. If being part of a crowd is transforming, being part of buforf violent mob is ecstatic: The Experience, and the Seduction, of Crowd Violence.
Quotes from Among the Thugs. Mar 09, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had PTSD or several days afterwards.
And you wonder why there are all those fences around the stadiums. The two rarely mesh into one narrative.