England's Urban Disorder: The 2011 Riots


  • John Benyon

    1. Professor of Political Studies in the Institute of Lifelong Learning at the University of Leicester. He is editor of Scarman and After (Pergamon Press) and co-editor (with John Solomos) of The Roots of Urban Unrest (Pergamon Press).
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The serious disorders in August 2011 caused shock and outrage, even though they were just the latest in a long history of public tumult. John Benyon examines the riots and the different reactions to them, and finds that the underlying causes were more complex and deep-seated than many seemed prepared to admit.