August riots

Riots, pure and simple?

Tim Hope introduces this special issue of cjm

‘It is criminality, pure and simple’; so said the Prime Minister in his Statement to Parliament on 11 August 2011 following days and nights of rioting and looting across London and other English cities. As most of us usually concern ourselves with issues of criminal and social justice, we are more likely to agree with Oscar Wilde than David Cameron; that the truth, about rioting as much as crime and justice, is rarely pure and never simple.

cjm 87: The August 2011 Riots

The themed section featuring a series of articles by contributors who consider the background of, and offer a narrative about, the riots that took place in August 2011. Guest editor Tim Hope introduces a number of contributors, including David Waddington who points out that public disorders in England have been ignited before by a flashpoint incident, and P A J Waddington comments on how the police will always face difficult decisions concerning strategy and control when trying to maintain social order.

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