Freakonomics recently interviewed me for their new sports series, How Sports Became Us. At one point we discuss the potential for football to promote social change. For instance, Kick It Out, has been fighting racism in the UK since the 1990s. I mentioned the fact that domestic abuse increases by about 30% when England play, … More Catch me on the new Freakonomics podcast…and BBC Radio 4’s More or Less?
Football-related violence (hooliganism) is a global problem. Previous work has proposed that hooliganism is an expression of social maladjustment. Here we test an alternative hypothesis, that hooliganism is typically motivated by a parochial form of prosociality, the evolutionary origins of which may lie in intergroup raiding and warfare. In a survey of Brazilian football fans … More New article: Brazil’s Football Warriors: Social bonding and inter-group violence
One of Israel’s leading newspapers focuses on football violence and the 2018 Russian World Cup, including interviews with Martha Newson, Ramon Spaaij, Stefan Szymanski, and Daniel Wann. What Soccer Hooligans and Terrorists Have in Common: The question is what’s going to happen at the World Cup in Russia (Tzach Yoked) Find the article in … More New media: Long interview with Israel News, Haaretz