9781403941183

Policing Football Social Interaction and Negotiated Disorder

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-04-03
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Megan O'Neill is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Salford, UK

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Part I
Introduction: Football, Policing and the Excitement of Mundane Sociology
3(15)
The interpretive framework
4(3)
Research methods
7(7)
Overview of chapters
14(4)
Chapter 1 Previous Research
18(27)
Football literature
18(14)
Policing football
32(7)
Studies by police officers
39(3)
Summary
42(3)
Chapter 2 Government Reports and Football Legislation
45(14)
Government reports
45(6)
Football legislation in England and Wales
51(1)
Football-related legislation in Scotland
52(1)
Summary
53(6)
Part II
Chapter 3 Uniformed Police Constables
59(37)
Performance: front
61(3)
Performance: dramatic realisation and idealisation
64(5)
Performance: maintenance of expressive control
69(2)
Typologies the police employ
71(3)
Rules of engagement
74(8)
Teams
82(4)
Regions
86(7)
Summary
93(3)
Chapter 4 Mobile Constables, Detectives and Football Spotters
96(36)
Performance: Mobile Support Units
98(2)
Performance: detectives
100(2)
Typologies used by the Mobile Support Units
102(3)
Typologies used by the detectives
105(3)
Rules of engagement: Mobile Support Units
108(3)
Rules of engagement: detectives
111(3)
Teams: MSUs and detectives
114(6)
Regions: MSUs
120(5)
Regions: detectives
125(3)
Summary
128(4)
Chapter 5 Senior Officers
132(22)
Performance
134(2)
Typologies
136(3)
Rules of engagement
139(4)
Teams
143(3)
Regions
146(4)
Summary
150(4)
Chapter 6 Women Police Constables
154(15)
Previous research on WPCs
154(6)
WPCs at football
160(4)
The underlying police community
164(3)
Summary
167(2)
Chapter 7 CCTV Operators and Stewards
169(20)
CCTV operators
170(5)
Stewards
175(5)
'Real' police work and 'real' police
180(4)
Summary
184(5)
Part III
Conclusion: The Big Implications of Small Teams
189(12)
Implications for interaction
190(4)
Implications for the occupational culture
194(4)
Implications for Goffman
198(3)
Notes 201(4)
Bibliography 205(10)
Index 215

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