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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And then there’s the minor problems of no parking, poor transit, and sanitary facilities consisting of ‘pee on the people lower than you’. He also likes to judge, judge and judge.

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It is fascinating to watch, or rather read, as Buford condemns the populace for standing tgugs to unjust, fascist regimes. I quote in full. The way he sees the world and writes, it is truly a wonder he was raised in America, and not Great Brittan, with its diffusion of class.

And not just a tattoo but many tattoos. The rest of the world.

Among the Thugs Summary & Study Guide

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 blil midst of the crowd. He makes a list of their likes.

Soccer thugs apparently like England, The Queen, violence, the Falkland Islands, Margaret Thatcher, violence, lager in two-liter bottles, sausages, violence, and being abroad.

Jun 10, Vince Tuss rated it really liked it. However, in the end, he realizes the youths are simply members of the same bored working class that has always existed, and that tthugs violence is extreme only because they have no real societal ties.


Among the Thugs

This is a truncated tthugs due to character limitations. In Among the Thugs, Buford is often in sketchy situations without a safety net– in this book he participates in a number of soccer riots, attends a white power party in a pub in England, makes friends with the sketchiest thugs he can find. Dozens of violent encounters at each game?

Violence is their antisocial kick, their mind-altering experience, an adrenaline-induced euphoria that might be all the more powerful because it is generated by the bufotd itself, with, I was convinced, many of the same addictive qualities that characterize synthetically-produced drugs.

Buford is also an American, and so he brings this perspective to his book. Buford is the author of the books: Specifically, the Hillsborough disaster in that killed How would you feel to see a tank riding down your street, presumably prepared to start firing its cannon into your town, in response to protests? Among the Thugs Bill Buford Snippet view – The police are not there, always, with dogs, horses, and full riot gear.

All that matters, especially in the crowds Buford describes in Among the Thugs, is whether or not one is committed enough to stand for his or her beliefs when called upon. Considering I have virtually no knowledge or interest in sports in general and football soccer in particular and am generally squeamish about violence, the fact I found this book such a great read is impressive. Buford thugss not offer a conclusive explanation for why he thinks that this violence occurs.

Those of you worried that this is a book about sports should disavow yourself of that notion. They killed Jesus and Socrates.


This police captain had to sit back and wonder tne how this worked. Reading someone who feels the same way I do can be comforting at times, but it’s not the best use of reading time.

He relates both first-hand and second-hand reports of hooligan violence, ranging from beatings to stabbings to a supporter biting out the eye of a police officer. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England’s soccer thugs express it yhe ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. Bad weather, hours walking and standing on cement terraces, and being crushed in narrow passageways and too-small cages by a drunk, chanting, mass of the lads.

He was rational and fluent and had given much thought to the problems he was discussing, although he had not thought about the implications of the thing — that this was socially deviant conduct of the highest order, involving injuries and maiming and the destruction of property.

The States are too spread out, its professional teams too far apart to develop the connection these clubs have with the communities they are in. People in crowds are amony those who have “abandoned intelligence. He looks at the progression of the crowd, in its various guises: So too does the violence increase in severity, in the form of stabbings. There’s the ambiguous relationship between hooligans, the press, and law enforcement. But Buford tue makes it work, as he seamlessly and realistically combines thugz interesting, compelling story with his spot-on insights into the English working class.