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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The same goes for drugs. Buford’s style is clearly gonzo.

Among the Thugs Summary & Study Guide

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It was quite an event: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. What he finds is disturbing, and shatters all his preconceived liberal-leaning notions. Among The Thugs is an enjoyable read and the violence is certainly disturbing.

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This was a mouth that had suffered many slings and arrows along with the occasional thrashing and several hundredweight of tobacco and Cadbury’s milk chocolate. Surprise not in the predictable riot The English disease in all its gory.

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In his opinion, this is still consistent with civilization. Buford is the imbedded journalist reporting on when the crowd bill dangerous and how it’s organized it’s not an accident when the fighting starts.

I note the high calculation of their act — coming up behind the hatch and pulling out an armed man. Only Bill Buford could take subject matter so disturbing and write about it in a way that is both sensitive and compelling. View the Study Pack.

Among the Thugs Summary & Study Guide

Trivia About Among the Thugs. The power of crowd, the Lad culture and football. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England’s soccer thugs express it in ways thugx range from mere He’s actually a sociologist who doesn’t understand British sports. The conditions are appalling, but essential: Jun 19, Colleen rated it it was amazing. He was not a leader, or at least not a leader in the bhford that we believe crowds to be governed by leaders.

Among the Thugs

An experience of absolute completeness. They are people revolting against the situation the government has placed them in.

Feb 25, Peter Knox rated it really liked it Shelves: Buford begins his journey by introducing himself to members of the Manchester United firm, where he meets Mick, who teaches him much about football as well as firms in general. Perhaps this change in emphasis along with the seating design changes enacted after the Hillborough tragedy may have done as much to tamp down the violence at football matches.


Kettle calling the pot a fascist Buford writes a lot about the National Front, the British fascist party, aka, white supremacists. Who is Buford to say this is socially deviant behavior, especially when so much of the population is engaging in it, when the behavior is made extreme by the authorities whom he so praises and lauds?

He examines the skinhead culture of football supporters, the illegal activities of many leaders, and the ties that bind these individuals together. Nov 02, Amie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Buford, an American, meets up with a few of them in bars near the stadiums.

The more fluid, or the more involved the event or rioting already is, the easier it is for the individual to step over that next line, and to have the group follow. There’s the ambiguous relationship between hooligans, the press, and law enforcement. He isn’t self-aggrandizing at all, anywhere – if anything he represents himself as somewhat cowardly, doubtful, and confused by his own motivations before deciding entirely that the scene isn’t worth the trouble, and greater insights aren’t to be had by spending further time in it.

Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it.