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Uniformed Police Constables

  • Megan O’Neill

Abstract

This chapter is an analysis of the kinds of interaction that occurred at both calm and more eventful matches between the uniformed police constables (PCs) and football supporters during my fieldwork and the informal rules that guide it. This, and Chapters 4 and 5, will use concepts derived from the work of Erving Goffman to provide the analytical framework. However, Goffman states in both The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959: 236) and Behavior in Public Places (1963a: 5) that his analysis of interaction is mostly based in a middle-class American context and so cannot necessarily be generalised to all social groups. He urges undertaking other empirical work to explore these different social settings. This chapter will do just that.

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City Centre Police Officer Senior Officer Symbolic Space Football Game 
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© Megan O’Neill 2005

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