Stott, CJT, Drury, J and Reicher, S (2016) On the role of a social identity analysis in articulating structure and collective action: the 2011 riots in Tottenham and Hackney. The British Journal of Criminology: an international review of crime and society, 57 (4). pp. 965-981.

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Abstract

Theoretical perspectives that give primacy to ideological or structural determinism have dominated criminological analysis of the 2011 English ‘riots’. This paper provides an alternative social psychological perspective through detailed empirical analysis of two of these riots. We utilize novel forms of data to build triangulated accounts of the nature of the events and explore the perspectives of participants. We assert these riots cannot be adequately understood merely in terms pre-existing social understandings and political realities and that identity-based interactional crowd dynamics were critically important. The paper demonstrates the value of the social identity approach in providing criminological theory with a richer and deeper perspective on these complex social phenomena.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2011 riots, social identity, crowds, social structure, ideology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2016 15:45
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 09:12
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1572

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