Paul Reef, Cor van Halen en Nort Vlemmix - Foto Ramon Tjan
Paul Reef, Cor van Halen en Nort Vlemmix - Foto Ramon Tjan

Hooligans sidelined? | Lecture on the current Events with sports historian Paul Reef and social and cultural psychologist Cor van Halen

Last weekend's classic Ajax-Feyenoord ended prematurely with fireworks, vandalism and tear gas. What is the drive of soccer hooliganism? And why is the problem so much bigger in the Netherlands than in other European countries? Read or listen to the recap of the discussion provided by sports historian Paul Reef on soccer riots and hostages of clubs because of their their hard core. See the full announcement text below.

This programme was in Dutch, please visit the Dutch page for the complete recap and review.

Podcast 

VOX interview met Paul Reef: 'Alleen hard straffen losst het probleem met hooligans niet op'

Wednesday 27 September 2023 | Radboud Reflects and VOX  See the announcement.

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Paul Reef en Nort Vlemmix - Foto Ramon Tjan
Paul Reef en Nort Vlemmix - Foto Ramon Tjan

Announcement

27 september 2023 

Last weekend's Ajax-Feyenoord classic ended prematurely with fireworks, vandalism and tear gas. What drives the soccer hooligan? And why is the problem so much bigger in the Netherlands than in other European countries? What is the role of group dynamics in bringing about such behavior? Listen to sports historian Paul Reef and social and cultural psychologist Cor van Halen talk about group dynamics, soccer riots and clubs held hostage by their hard core.

Taken hostage by the hard core

At the big derbies in Germany, fans of the contending clubs sit next to each other. In the Netherlands, this is unthinkable. And that while Germany and the Netherlands were struggling with the same hooligan problem in the 1980s. Unlike their eastern neighbors, argues sports historian Paul Reef, Dutch clubs are still held hostage by the hard core. But if clubs don't want this either, why do they fail to do anything about it?


Group processes in the stands


To combat hooliganism, we first need to know how it arises. Social and cultural psychologist Cor van Halen discusses the behavior of hooligans. What motivates them? Why do they go to blows with each other? Is it really about the honor of the club? Or is soccer violence an outlet to vent dissatisfaction about something else in society? And what role do group dynamics play?


We kick off with a sharp column by Peter van der Heiden. Listen to the discussion. 

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About the speakers


Paul Reef is a sports historian at Radboud University. He researches the politics of major sporting events. VOX spoke in advance with Paul Reef: 'Alleen hard straffen lost het probleem met hooligans niet op'.

Cor van Halen teaches social and cultural psychology at Radboud University.

Peter van der Heiden is an Americanist at Radboud University.

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Organizational unit
Radboud Reflects
Theme
Philosophy, Behaviour, Science