Hit and tell: a review essay on the soccer hooligan memoir

Redhead, S.C. (2004) Hit and tell: a review essay on the soccer hooligan memoir Soccer and Society, 5 (3). pp. 391-402. ISSN 1743-9590

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Abstract

This is a review essay on the genre of British soccer hooligan books. These 'hit and tell' confessional tales of soccer casuals fandom are told in the form of an historical memoir. Five examples of hit and tell books are reviewed and assessed against the novelistic accounts found in contemporary football fiction books by authors such as John King and Kevin Sampson and the more rigorous demands of the sociology of soccer culture. It is argued in the essay on hit and tell writing that such populist publishing can be harnessed to fill in gaps in historical and ethnographic work in the sociology of soccer fan cultures, but that what is needed in the future, above all, is better theorizing of soccer culture and its modernities.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soccer Hooligan; Soccer Culture; Theorizing Soccer Culture
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L800 Criminology
L000 Social Sciences > L900 Cultural Studies
L000 Social Sciences > L600 Anthropology
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/1466097042000279625
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport > Chelsea School
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Depositing User: Chelsea editor
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2009
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2013 11:02
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1795

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