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Soccer hooliganism… sport in literature… young adult support networks…?

August 22, 2012

I recently read a very interesting book introduction on cultures of violence and peace.  In it, the author, Richard Jackson, described one of the consequent papers (Przemyslaw piotrowski’s) and got me thinking about the overlap between youth cultures. How does representation of one culture influence perception of an overlapping/adjoining culture? …

Jackson explains: Piotrowski “finds  that hooliganism in Poland has exhibited similar patterns to those found in Western Europe, but about ten years after the fact. This is an example of the cultural diffusion of a particular kind of violence through the globalisation of sport that has taken place through the medium of mass media. Piotrowski’s social-psychological research indicates that social alienation and deficits in social support are two of the primary causes of soccer hooliganism in individuals. In addition, the research finds that soccer hooliganism is linked to other forms of social alienation, particularly the incidence of skinhead violence, and that the acculturation of such violence in local communities creates local ‘cultures of violence.’ Importantly, Piotrowski’s paper also describes the success of community-level psycho-social programmes in deconstructing cultures of soccer hooliganism, demonstrating that local cultures of violence at least can be replaced with cultures of peace.” (pp.7-8)

It put me in mind of Harry Ricketts’s chapter in A Made-Up Place on sport in literature in NZ. I had been wondering about how dispositions and relationships are portrayed in representations of sport in literature. This introduction got me wondering how representations of sport and sporting cultures might connect to other sub-cultures/cultures of violence/youth cultures… I don’t know exactly…

Ref: (bold coloured emphases mine) Richard Jackson (2004) Introduction: (Re) Constructing Cultures of Violence and Peace pp1-13 in Richard Jackson (Ed.) (Re) Constructing Cultures of Violence and Peace Amsterdam, New York, NY: Rodopi [volume 12 in the At the Interface Project ‘cultures of violence’]

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