The Vancouver Hockey Riot 2011, illustrates an excellent case study for analyzing the impacts of social problems and community unrest on group behavior and reactions to incidents taking place around them. In 2010, the Vancouver Hockey team won gold in the Winter Olympics and the streets of Vancouver were laced with people celebrating the victory. The scene was totally opposite in the year 2011 when thousands of individuals turned violent and the city witnessed violence in reaction to the loss of Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup hockey tournament (CTV, 2011). The mob burnt cars and engaged in other forms of crime that included looting of shops, destroying property, and assaulting the policemen (CTV, 2011). The actions reflect the anger and humiliation of facing loss in the game. However, the event sparked off debates on the reasons behind this violent attack and analysis of various perspectives that explain human behavior in groups.
In light of Goffman and Blumers theoretical insights, this paper will explore the organization and behaviours of individuals participating within the 2011 Vancouver hockey riots while analyzing the principles of collective behaviours, social cohesion, social construction and social positions. The paper will explore the behavior and organization of individuals engaged in the Vancouver Hockey riots 2011 based on the analysis of different social constructs and theoretical perspectives that explain the principles of collective behavior and social cohesion. The subsequent paragraphs provide an insight into mob behavior and community interaction theories that will help in analyzing the course of events and factors leading to the violent behavior of the mob in Vancouver.
1 Herbert Blumer (1969) came up with the term “symbolic interactionism.” According to the symbolic interaction theory, a family consists of interacting personalities. This theory highlights the manner in which people through symbols. These