A New Agenda For Football Crowd Management: Reforming Legal and Policing Responses to Risk

Geoff Pearson, Clifford Stott

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This book provides a holistic and interdisciplinary focus on the legal regulation and policing of football violence and disorder in Britain. Anchored in ground-breaking ethnographic and participant-action research, the book combines a crowd psychology and socio-legal approach to critically explore the contemporary challenges of managing football crowds. It sets out the processes by which football disorder occurs and the limitations of existing approaches to policing ‘football hooliganism’, in particular the dominant focus on controlling ‘risk supporters’, before setting out proposals for fundamental reforms to both law and policing. This book will be of value to academics, students, legal and policing practitioners, as well as policy-makers. The two authors are internationally known experts in the management and behaviour of football crowds and bring together for the first time over 30 years of research in this area from the disciplines of law and social psychology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Number of pages367
ISBN (Electronic)9783031162985
ISBN (Print)9783031162978, 9783031163005
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Risk, Crime, and Society
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan


  • crowd management
  • violence
  • football matches
  • sociology of sport
  • crowd psychology
  • fan behaviour
  • regulating crowds
  • human rights law
  • stadium management
  • social psychology
  • soccer
  • sports crowds
  • hooliganism
  • fandom
  • policing


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