Street government: the role of the violent street gang in the London riots

Harding, Simon (2012) Street government: the role of the violent street gang in the London riots. In: The English riots of 2011: a summer of discontent. Briggs, Daniel, ed. Waterside Press, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hook, UK. ISBN 9781904380887

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Abstract

In London, the localised riots which occurred post-Tottenham all had their genesis in the violent street gang. This increasingly visible and evolving presence in the excluded neighbourhoods of the capital operates its own forms of social control and authority in its own social field – a form of street government. The riots provided an opportunity for the sudden temporal expansion of this social field as gangs acted as the crucible for events. The 2011 riots in London revealed significant aspects of UK gang organisation and culture which are the starting point to understanding these disturbances.

Item Type:Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled):Reputation; riot; London; street capital; violence; gang; gangs; disturbances; street; government
Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
ID Code:9184
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Deposited On:26 Jul 2012 08:28
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