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By Susan Engel

ISBN-10: 0716729970

ISBN-13: 9780716729976

This informative and interesting booklet explores how elements corresponding to where, corporation, function and state of affairs can profoundly have an effect on the essence and adventure of a reminiscence. mixing vibrant anecdotes with the startling findings of reminiscence examine, Engel examines the consequences of context and goal for reminiscence, together with the incentive to recollect and the energy or caliber of the reminiscence itself.

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It is in their commitment to the use of violence in inter-group rivalries that hooligans distinguish themselves from non-hooligan supporters. In other words, for hooligans, ‘violence constitutes the compelling form of social intercourse out of which their social group arises’ (King, 2001: 571-572). Moreover, variations in the level and seriousness of hooligan 36 violence may result from differences in broader social and political circumstances, among other factors. For example, the relative lethality of Argentinian football hooliganism should be viewed within the context of the comparatively high levels of social and state violence in Argentine society (Alabarces, 2002: 33-34).

With regard to the latter type, allegiances may also be shifted or suspended. This is illustrated by Harrison (1974: 604) in what he calls the ‘Bedouin syndrome’ in the football context, namely a tendency for ad hoc alliances to be built up according to the following principles: the enemy of your enemy is your friend, the friend of your friend is your friend, but your friend of one moment can become your enemy of the next. Thus, to use the previous example, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad hooligans may temporarily suspend their local rivalry to form a temporal alliance based on their shared sympathy for Basque nationalism and jointly confront hooligans of ‘centralist’ Real Madrid.

The following year Africa witnessed its worst sporting disasters. On May 9, 2001, 126 people died and dozens more were injured in a stampede at soccer match in Accra, Ghana. After the home team Hearts of Oak scored two late goals to beat Asante Kotoko, some of the visiting fans allegedly began destroying plastic seats and throwing them on to the running track surrounding the pitch. In response the police fired tear gas into the crowd, causing major panic and many to be suffocated and crushed to death.

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