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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Their income now puts them in the middle class, and the awkwardness of this shift has left them disaffected, in need of the jolts of adrenaline that rioting produces. Free of sin The other major place Buford falters is in his judgment of the people he is following, the thugs as it were. So too does the pack mentality govern the actions of the adults.
To Buford, this act became symbolic of the revolt of the unemployed and uneducated against class distinctions: By surrounding themselves with like-minded fellows, equally prepared to make a statement with force, the crowd overcomes the individual and a person who acts as pleasant as anyone in his everyday life can become a battle-hardened criminal in the midst of the crowd. Recommended for afficionados of British working class culture.
Take the example of his explication of a photo from a Yugoslavian protest, of a well-dressed man dragging a tank captain out of a tank, the tank being used to break up the crowd. It kept be gasping for air page by page from the alley chases and bar brawls, laughing out loud from the brilliantly timed interjections of humor, and shrieking to avoid reading another word of its grotesque reality.
A somewhat ridiculous evil, but an evil none the less. Later on, or maybe before, we learn the police in this or another instant let loose the dogs on the crowd which had not done anything yet.
Among the Thugs
Buford recalls one match: Crowds are primitive, barbaric. Glad the situations are much better and safer for everyone. He’s actually a sociologist who doesn’t understand British sports. Open Preview Bufprd a Problem?
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The police are always right. Surprise not in the predictable rioting of sports fans, but that nothing like this happens in the states. Buford is an editor for Grantaand so the book bucord more like a lengthy New Yorker profile, rather than A Clockwork Orange. The police are acting like thugs, but are afforded special privileges, privileges Buford has no problems with. Specifically, it is a police riot.
What would you thuga The third theme is racism.
Feb 21, Moira Burke rated it really liked it. Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. Another writer might have done a different thing. Curious how these things work out sometimes.
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Follow Us on Facebook. There are not cohesive units composed of supporters that buforrd the streets looking for rivals to beat up, and who, if other supporters can’t be found, will settle for some hapless locals.
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 boll within each chapter. Drunken, mindless murders and beatings so frequent that Manchester United actually banned its fans vill games in the late eighties.
And in other areas of the world but mostly U. When they leave, the observers must exit through narrow gates and are forced to herd together in a fashion Buford could only describe as a stampede. There’s the Hillsborough disaster, and crowd control reform. Overall, though, this ammong an amazing, amazing work. Feb 13, Stefani rated it it was amazing Shelves: Crowds are fickle things, always an outsider to the body politic.
Only the poor do evil things Well put together young man? Along with the senselessness of the English lad football fan, I found a cogent analysis of the Brexit vote.
However, he does write. In it, there were many gaps, the raw rim of the gums showing where once there must have been teeth.
Buford though fails to find any true political conviction in the violence of the crowd, and settles on a sort of mass abnegation. The power of crowd, the Lad culture and football. Among the Thugs Vintage Departures. It was over and above Tottenham Hotspur the following: Among The Thugs is a great and terrible book. I really loved this book. Views Read Edit View history. amongg
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Archived from xmong original on June 17, They like vuford in huge quantitiesthe Queen, football clubs especially Manchester Unitedand themselves.
One scene I thought was interesting was when Buford speaking with a police chief about football violence and the chief seemed incredulous that in the US football Bill Buford has done for English soccer hooligans what Hunter S. By the end of the book, however, you are also unperturbed by a night out with the lads glassing folks on the street because you have already read it 30 times.
A Station outside Cardiff. He details the feelings and emotions involved in become part of a crowd and shows readers ubford violence in crowds is such an integral part of society.
Police brutality and rioting: Football gives the week meaning. In a perfect world, I would like to think Buford would get upset about this kind of pre-emptive treatment by police of people who have not done anything wrong.
If ever a book could haunt me, this would be the one.