Communities, centres, connections, disconnections:some reflections on the riots in Birmingham

Bhattacharyya, Gargi; Cowles, James; Garner, Steve and Hussain, Ajmal Communities, centres, connections, disconnections:some reflections on the riots in Birmingham. Sociological research online, 17 (1),

Abstract

This paper presents key ideas from fieldwork conducted in Birmingham between 2009 and 2011. This work examined identity in 'white' neighbourhoods, and attitudes to politics and understandings of poverty in more mixed ones. This work revealed that many Birmingham residents were concerned about a perceived loss of values, the impact of 'unrespectable' households and individuals in their areas and the apparent disconnect between political representatives and local residents. In the aftermath of the disturbances of August 2011 across England, including in Birmingham, we revisit these themes and examine the implications for understanding disorder in the city of Birmingham.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.5153/sro.2542
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology
Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology research group
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Additional Information: Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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