Professor Lewis has produced an incredibly well-written and well-researched overview of the sociology of sports fan violence. Having spent his career studying this phenomenon, Lewis has now crafted the definitive work in the field. This outstanding work is required reading for anyone wanting to understand the roots of sports fan violence in America. (Jack Levin, Professor and Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence at Northeastern University)
An excellent monograph for lower level courses. Lewis writes very well, without jargon and complex phraseology, with a clear goal of showing students the connection between predictions and the collection of empirical materials that would permit testing. While it is true that he skirts treatment of the nature of theory and collective behavior, he is able to include in the monograph a surprising amount of scientific methods and substantive materials. He gives us a good read, full of details about these often tragic events. (B. E. Aguirre, Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware Contemporary Society
Sociologist Lewis draws upon his nearly 30 years of prior research to explain the sports fandom phenomenon of what he labels "celebrating riots" ....As the author explicitly acknowledges, his book is intended for not only sociologists who study collective behavior theoretically, but also for business owners, government officials, local residents, and public safety officials in an effort to help them prepare for and/or prevent future fan violence in practical, pragmatic ways. Recommended. (CHOICE, May 2008
Jerry Lewis has produced a gem: a complex, honest, and lucid analysis of sports fan violence. He transforms this near-pathological phenomenon into something understandable and even conventional. Always original, his treatment of fan violence as a type of social pollution is astounding, attesting to the sociological acuity of the book. (Neil Smelser, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of California.)
About the Author
Jerry Lewis is emeritus professor of sociology at Kent State University.