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Just one gripe - but only about the point I looked at,
This review is from: Making Sense of Sports (Paperback)
Just looked up what he said about Marsh et al's rules of disorder. Paints them as being in the shadow of Desmond (monkey man) Morris which is about as far from my reading as you get. I hated Morris's account but could see my experience of football violence in the account. The dismissal of this as ivory tower research after the hours they spent at the games is a travesty - a sign of an arrogant man looking for the one line put down. Marsh and co-authors did what no one had done prior to their study in that they picked out the range of behaviours and types of participants... in it I could see our 'nutter' the person that liked to fire the bullet (start the aggro) but who melted into the background when it kicked off), the ritualization of the aggression. It was all there. The generals and troop... yeah, it could fall apart, but we all (firms) had people we could look to for organisation - those who would me leading the line. What does Cashmore know about that? A classic is the time Man U took the Kop (GE) at Leeds. The pincer movement organised by the Shipley lads was classic.
The fact is when you read Marsh et al it has far more in common with the Collins (2008) theory of violence than most other accounts.