Riot: Race and Politics in the 2011 Disorders

Murji, Karim and Neal, Sarah (2011). Riot: Race and Politics in the 2011 Disorders. Sociological Research Online, 16(4)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.2557

URL: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/16/4/24.html

Abstract

The 2011 riots have already been the most commented upon riots of recent decades. Casting some doubt about generalised and holistic explanations and responses, we seek to locate the events in a matrix of race, policing and politics. This approach enables us to identify shifts in political discourse around the riots from the simple to the complex, as well as significant changes between how the events of 2011 and earlier riots have been 'read'. We seek to unravel some of these strands, to show how race, place and political discourse have been located in the reaction to the riots. In drawing attention to important unevenness, we argue that sociologists need to focus on both continuities and changes since the 1980s.

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