Among the Thugs Topics for Discussion

Bill Buford
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Buford explains crowd violence in the case of English football supporters as being the result of bored working class individuals who are detached from society. Do you agree with his conclusion? Why or why not?

Buford notes that he is surprised to find himself excited by violence. How does he explain this excitement? Do you agree with his explanation? Why or why not?

There are many acts of violence by crowds discussed in the novel. Choose one and discuss the event in depth. Be sure to include causes of the violence, events leading to the event, and any consequences.

Describe the situation at Hillsborough. What happened, and why? What could have been done to prevent the situation?

Throughout the novel, there are mentions of racist and Nazi behaviors. Why do you think football and these types of groups are often closely associated? What do you think this...

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