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Thanks to BookishFirst and Greenleaf Books for this copy!
Sins of the Tribe offers an inside look at college football and ways that tribalism can lead to violence and the justification of violence. The central story about two brothers offers some additional insight into the effects of trauma and self-medication on young people seeking a place to belong.
At times the writing felt overly didactic - the professor and some other characters explaining tribalism and the impetus for violence felt inorganic and distracted from the ways Wally was himself experiencing the pitfalls of college sports. But for those looking to learn about how a sociologist or political scientist might understand football culture, there's a lot of good information! It was also really neat to see the whole ecosystem of players, families, coaching staff, fans, and journalists.