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Brazil's football warriors: Social bonding and inter-group violence

Newson, Martha, Bortolini, Tiago, Buhrmester, Michael, da Silva, Silvio Ricardo, da Aquino, Jefferson Nicássio Queiroga, Whitehouse, Harvey (2018) Brazil's football warriors: Social bonding and inter-group violence. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39 (6). pp. 675-683. ISSN 1090-5138. (doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e31822cb0d2) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:84187)

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Abstract

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 (N = 465), results suggest that fan violence is fostered by intense social cohesion (identity fusion) combined with perceptions of chronic outgroup threats. In contrast, maladjustment is unrelated to indices of past acts of football-related violence or endorsement of future violence. Our results suggest that to reduce hooliganism and other forms of inter-group violence, efforts could be made to harness the extreme pro-group sentiments associated with identity fusion in more peaceful ways.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31822cb0d2
Uncontrolled keywords: Inter-group conflict, Hooliganism, Football violence, Identity fusion, Crowd control, Altruism
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Martha Newson
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2020 14:08 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84187 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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