Riotous Citizens: Ethnic Conflict in Multicultural Britain

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"In 2001, Britain saw another summer of rioting in its cities, with violent uprisings in Oldham, Burnley and Bradford. This book explores the reasons for those riots and explains why they mark a new departure in Britain's racial politics." "Riots involving racial factors are nothing new in Britain. Historically violent uprisings could be blamed on heavy policing of predominantly minority communities, but the riots of 2001 were more complex. With elements of 1950s-style race riots and echoes of the 1980s riots which saw South Asians confronting the police as the adversary, the spread of unrest in 2001 was also clearly linked to poverty, unemployment and the involvement of the political far-right." Linking original empirical research conducted amongst the Pakistani community in Bradford with a sophisticated conceptual analysis, this book will be required reading for courses on race and ethnicity, social movements and policing public order.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754646273
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Theorizing Crowds, Riots and Public Disorder 11

2 The Riots of 2001: An Overview and Comparison of Oldham, Burnley and Bradford 39

3 Accounts of How the Bradford Riot Began 65

4 Diversity, Motivations and Targets: The Dynamics of a Crowd of Citizens 79

5 'Take Me to Your Leader': Reflections on Power, 'Race' and the Politics of Rioting 97

6 'Outsiders in Our Own Country': The Interpersonal Consequences of Rioting 111

7 Disciplined and Punished: Strategic Repression and the Shaming of a Community 127

8 Citizenship, Generation and Ethnic Identity 143

9 The Emergence of Community Cohesion 159

Conclusion: Another Famous Victory? 175

Bibliography 179

Index 191

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