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Different Coloured Scarves: Tribal Identities and the Football Community

“Individuals exist in the real world, with identities based on something as changeable, as transient as the fortunes of a football club. These identities are flimsy and the alienation that results has toxic effects which echo far beyond online arguments. The links between fan behaviour and domestic abuse are well documented, for instance. Yet the fact is that professed ‘hatreds’, however real they may seem in the mind, are thoroughly invented. They reflect a primordial urge to define oneself in reference to one’s enemies.”