Nothing to lose: an examination of social exclusion as a cause of the August 2011 riots

Allwood, Daryl (2014) Nothing to lose: an examination of social exclusion as a cause of the August 2011 riots. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham on August 4th 2011 sparked the largest instance of disorder seen in England in a generation. Over a four day period rioting and looting occurred across 66 locations in England; particularly within the major cities. The media and politicians presented the rioters as mindless criminals who seized the opportunity to bring destruction to their communities and acquire stolen goods. This dissertation will examine this event. Those that attempted to present the riots as a consequence of rising inequalities and a product of social and economic problems were also condemned. These claims were quickly refuted by politicians and the media. The rise of neo-liberalism, the influence from the state and changing perceptions of individuals reliant on the welfare state as dangerous and criminal, has resulted in a section of society becoming increasingly excluded. This dissertation examines the link between social exclusion and the August 2011 riots. Analysis is undertaken which looks at the exclusionary practices used by the government and the police. Profiles of the rioters and the factors that caused these individuals to participate are examined. Motivations, obtained through academics and journalists interviews with known participants, combined with evidence of rising inequalities and injustices that the rioters cited demonstrates that there is more to the riots than sheer criminality touted by the media and politicians. The dissertation concludes that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that social exclusion can be regarded as a main cause of the August 2011 riots. It suggests that if the countries social and economic issues are not identified, then the potential for future rioting exists.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 08:44
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:44

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