- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape; 1st edition (Sep 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 022401935X
- ISBN-13: 978-0224019354
- Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.1 x 3 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The premise of author, Desmond Morris, was to examine the game as a sociological force. The results are illuminating. Both to those familiar with football and those who may be baffled by devotion and mania that accompanies such a simple ball game.
Dr Morris' book has taken on iconic status with many followers of football, but unfortunately has it dated rather badly. Much of the football revolution of the 90s, when football attracted from the so called 'middle-classes', post-date the last edition of the book. Also (if one is to be harsh) some of the analysis is overly Freudian and stretched rather thin.
None the less, "The Soccer Tribe" is an interesting read - mandatory for students of pop-culture and football fans hungry for nostalgia.