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Aggression in the Sports WorldA social psychological perspective$
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Gordon W. Russell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189599

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189599.001.0001

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Violent Sports Crowds

Violent Sports Crowds

(p.133) 5 Violent Sports Crowds
Aggression in the Sports World

Gordon W. Russell

Oxford University Press

Wide-ranging questions associated with rioting among sports fans are addressed in this chapter. The first issue raised asks if the “problem” of sports riots is as severe as the media would have us believe. Is it, perhaps, overblown? Studies examining the incidence and severity of riots are discussed. A small sample of theories attempting to explain their occurrence is presented. Research addressing questions of who riots, their personality, and their numbers in a sports crowd are examined. Peacemakers, that is individuals who attempt to restrain or dissuade would-be rioters, are also described. A concluding section presents a listing of preventive and mitigating measures suggested as means of control. The assessment of riot potential by police, their openness toward fans, and their deployment are factors predictive of a peaceful outcome. While punishment is often recommended as a control measure, the result may not be what we had hoped for.

Keywords:   incidence, marital, media, peacemakers, police, punishment, riots, theories

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