Policing Football

Social Interaction and Negotiated Disorder

  • Authors
  • Megan O’Neill

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Megan O’Neill
      Pages 18-44
    3. Megan O’Neill
      Pages 45-55
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Megan O’Neill
      Pages 59-95
    3. Megan O’Neill
      Pages 132-153
    4. Megan O’Neill
      Pages 154-168
    5. Megan O’Neill
      Pages 169-186
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 186-186
    2. Megan O’Neill
      Pages 189-200
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 201-220

About this book


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.


interaction media police sociology

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