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Roy Siny, M.A.

Roy Siny, M.A.


Beginn: Oktober 2011

Betreuung: PD Dr. Alexander Knorr

Förderung: Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk


Is there any cultural practice more global than football? Rites of birth, death and marriage are universal, but infinite in their diversity. Football is played by the same rules everywhere. No single world religion can match its geographical scope” (Goldblatt, 2007, p. x).

In terms of numbers, ratings and participation, football is long ago the world’s most powerful cultural phenomenon. But is it really just about 22 players with funny uniforms chasing after a ball, or is there more to it?

Football stadiums are an incredible venue for the study of not only mass-dynamics and popular culture, but also sociological and political processes. In many aspects, it is the football stadium that encapsulates many of the actual societal states of mind and trends while airing them out loud, through overwhelming chants, huge banners and, in some cases, violent acts.

This relation between the football stadium and the various groups that populates it to the surrounding societal and political environment is the topic of my study: how do organized groups of football fans use or misuse the stadium for the promotion of political practices, inside and outside the stadium? How do such groups appear and form? What is the difference between the various practices of football fandom?

This ethnographic field study relies on participant observations, interviews and text analysis, gathered since 2007, in several countries, mostly Germany and Israel. Although the research process and the methods of collecting data are almost purely ethnological, the analysis consists on interdisciplinary approaches from political science, sociology and social psychology.

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

  • Doctoral Student in the Department of Ethnology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (since Oktober 2011)
  • Master's degree (in excellence) in Political Science - Tel Aviv University (Completion in July 2010)
  • March 2009 - September 2009: Academic Researcher in the field of pedagogic evaluation and planning. City of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, Department of Education
  • February 2007 - June 2008: Teaching Assistant in the courses: "Israeli Politics and Regime" and "Scientific Writing". Tel Aviv University, Department of Political Science
  • February 2006 - September 2009: Teaching Assistant in the courses: "Literature, Perversion and Creation", "Religion, Psychology and Existentialism" and "Creation and Criminal Beehaviour". The College of Management, Department of Behavioural Sciences
  • October 2005 - February 2009: Assistant to Prof. Shlomo Giora Shoham. Assisting in researches in various disciplines, grading papers. Tel Aviv University, The Buchman Faculty of Law
  • Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science - Tel Aviv University (Completion in October 2005)


  • 07.06.2012 - Haaretz: "Hooligans awaiting kickoff"
  • 2012: Siny, Roy. "The Gold Mine of the Next Revolution: Football as a Socio-Political Mirror, and Agent of Change". Inside: Brandt, Chr. Hertel, Fabian. Stassek, Chr. (Hrsg). Gesellschaftsspiel Fußball. Eine sozialwissenschaftliche Annäherung. Springer VS: Wiesbaden. S. 195-208. 
  • 20.12.2011 - Haaretz: "Who is to be stopped at Ben-Gurion airport?"