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Participant observation and research into football hooliganism: reflections on the problems of entree and everyday risks

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posted on 13.08.2014, 08:00 by Richard Giulianotti
This paper discusses the author's fieldwork experiences while initiating and undertaking substantive participant observation research with two rival groups of Scottish football hooligans ("football casuals"). Key problems examined are those that emerge from attempted entree into the hooligan subcultures and the everyday risks of comparative research with violent fans. The author provides regular illustrations to highlight how dangers such as the researcher's personal characteristics, lack of guiding sociological literature, and interaction with police officers can threaten the urban ethnographic project. The resultant ambivalence of some research subjects toward the author is interpreted as one reason for minimizing the prospect of his "going native."

Funding

This research was financed by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (Award No. ROO0 232910) and the University of Aberdeen.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Sociology of Sport Journal

Volume

12

Issue

1

Pages

1 - 20

Citation

GIULIANOTTI, R., 1995. Participant observation and research into football hooliganism: reflections on the problems of entrée and everyday risks. Sociology of Sport Journal, 12 (1), pp. 1-20.

Publisher

© Human Kinetics Journals

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

1995

ISSN

0741-1235

eISSN

1543-2785

Language

en

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