In Europe, Hooligans Are Prime Subjects for Research

Science  28 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5479, pp. 572
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5479.572

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- One of the few burgeoning areas of violence research here and in Europe is football hooliganism. With lower homicide rates than in the United States and fewer incidences of killing sprees such as the Littleton school shooting, Europeans are less concerned about violence than Americans are--and that translates into less money for research on the topic. Moreover, some scientists argue that strict regulation of animal studies has dealt a severe blow to a once-proud European tradition of behavioral research on animal aggression.