The contentious fans: The impact of repression, media coverage, grievances and aggressive play on supporters' violence

Robert Braun*, Rens Vliegenthart

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Scopus citations

Abstract

This article poses the question of which macro-sociological explanations best predict the level of soccer supporters' violence. By conceptualizing supporters' violence as a form of contentious violence, four possible explanations are proposed: repression, media attention, unemployment and aggressive play on the pitch. These explanations are tested for the occurrence of violence around soccer matches in the Netherlands during the period 2001-5. The authors employ a Generalized Event Count model and multi-level logistic regression analysis and demonstrate that media attention, unemployment and aggressive play on the pitch are significant explanatory factors for the occurrence of violence. Police repression does not have a significant impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)796-818
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Sociology
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

Keywords

  • Collective action
  • Hooliganism
  • Macro sociological explanations
  • Social movements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The contentious fans: The impact of repression, media coverage, grievances and aggressive play on supporters' violence'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this