Are human beings less violent than before? Why do we adopt certain moral and political judgements? Why is the gap between rich and poor getting bigger? How do we decide which criminal policies are effective? What is the Population Challenge for the 21st Century? What is social science? In Big Ideas in Social Science, David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton put these and more of our society’s burning questions to 18 of the world’s leading social scientists including Steven Pinker, Ann Oakley, Lawrence Sherman, Kate Pickett, Robert J. Shiller and Doreen Massey. The result is a collection of thought-provoking discussions that span the fields of sociology, politics, economics, criminology, geography and many more. From the people who brought us the Philosophy Bites series, Big Ideas in ...
Chapter 12: DAVID GOLDBLATT ON THE SOCIOLOGY OF FOOTBALL
DAVID GOLDBLATT ON THE SOCIOLOGY OF FOOTBALL
David Goldblatt was born in London in 1965. He started a medical degree but finished with a PhD in sociology. By way of globalisation he alighted on football and in 2006 published The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football. Since then he has been writing, teaching, and broadcasting about sport and society. His most recent book is The Game of Our Lives: The Making and the Meaning of English Football.
Nigel Warburton:Football – soccer if you prefer – is a global sport, the beautiful game. But is it really a suitable area of study for a social scientist? And could attending football matches be part of your research? Yes. ...