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No Surrender to the Taliban!’ Football Hooliganism, Islamophobia and the Rise of the English Defence League

Garland, J and Treadwell, J (2010) No Surrender to the Taliban!’ Football Hooliganism, Islamophobia and the Rise of the English Defence League In: 2010 Annual British Society of Criminology Conference. “Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Dilemmas and Diversity in Criminology, 2010-07-11 - 2010-07-14, University of Leicester.

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Abstract

On a number of occasions throughout 2009 and 2010 violent clashes occurred between white and Asian males, anti-fascist demonstrators and the police in city centres in the United Kingdom. These disturbances involved a new organisation, the English Defence League (EDL), which claims to oppose ‘radical Islam’. This article charts the growth of the EDL and the affiliated Casuals United, and examines their motivations and ideologies. It assesses their links with football hooligan ‘firms’, and whether these links mean that the EDL has a large pool of violent ‘footsoldiers’ at its disposal, and concludes that the EDL’s Islamophobic views and provocative street army tactics mean that it poses the most serious threat to public order and community cohesion since the heyday of the National Front in the 1970s.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Garland, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Treadwell, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2010
Contributors :
ContributionNameEmailORCID
PublisherBritish Society of Criminology, UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords : English Defence League, Islamophobia, Far-right, Football hooliganism, Public order
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of a paper presented at the 2010 Annual British Society of Criminology Conference. “Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Dilemmas and Diversity in Criminology, University of Leicester, 11 Jul 2010 - 14 Jul 2010. Papers from the British Criminology Conference 2010. British Society of Criminology. 10: 19-35
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 Jul 2013 17:08
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 20:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/772919

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