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Author Gubar, Justine, author.

Title Fanaticus : mischief and madness in the modern sports fan / Justine Gubar.

Publication Info. Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  306.483 G932f 2015    ---  Axe Inventory 2022
1 copy being processed for Axe Acquisitions Order.
Description xxi, 232 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-219) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Then we burn a couch -- Fandemonium: Unforgettable moments in fan violence -- Fans throughout the world -- Your brain on sports -- Beer, here! -- Voice of the fan -- Art of noise -- Age of entitlement: How we are shaping a new generation of sports fans -- Conclusion: Moving the chains.
Summary In 2011, the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Oakland Raiders in a preseason matchup that would become a seminal moment for fan violence. During the game, seventy fans were ejected from the stadium, one person was beaten unconscious in the men's room, and two men were shot in the parking lot after the game. This is hardly an isolated incident. At any given game, fans get kicked out and arrested for acting out. In the spring of 2014 alone, soccer headlines screamed of a fan killed in Brazil, a supporter who punched a police horse in England, and three fans shot in Italy. But why do fans resort to such violence? What drives them to abandon societal norms and act out in unimaginable ways? This book explores the roots of extreme fanaticism, from organized thuggery to digital hate speech. Justine Gubar divulges outrageous and often shocking incidents, including first-hand accounts from both the transgressors and victims. Gubar reaches back into ancient times, providing a history of fan violence throughout the ages before delving into events of misbehavior, violence, and hatred in the United States and around the world. She revisits several notorious riots and tragedies throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America in order to understand mayhem on a global scale. In addition, Gubar investigates the sports leagues and the security and beverage industries so as to explain the roots of fan misbehavior and to dispel common myths that are often invoked to understand the madness. Featuring original interviews with European football hooligans, rioting college students, stadium security experts, and many others, Fanaticus provides a window into what drives human behavior.
Subject Sports spectators -- Psychology.
Sports spectators -- Social conditions.
Sports -- Sociological aspects.
Violence in sports.
Sports spectators -- Conduct of life.
Sports -- Sociological aspects. (OCoLC)fst01130532
Sports spectators -- Psychology. (OCoLC)fst01130758
Sports spectators -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01130759
Added Title Mischief and madness in the modern sports fan
Mischief & madness in the modern sports fan
ISBN 9781442228924 (hardback ; alk. paper)
144222892X (hardback : alkaline paper)

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