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British Urban Unrest in the 1980s (From Roots of Urban Unrest, P 3-21, 1993, John Benyon and John Solomos, eds. - See NCJ-175591)

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J Benyon; J Solomos
Date Published
19 pages
Urban unrest erupted in several British cities during the 1980s, resulting in many injuries and widespread damage, and the public reaction was one of shock and bewilderment.
The outbreak of urban unrest in Bristol in 1980 was the turning point, and urban unrest spread to many other cities from 1981 to 1986. The police response to the violence convinced many people that the way policing was carried out was a vital factor in the context of urban unrest, and many police officers suggested that agitators had fostered the disorders. Causes of the disorders are discussed in historical, social, and comparative contexts, and complexities of policing urban localities are examined. The effect of unemployment, racial disadvantage, and inner-city decline on urban unrest and the role of social injustice in fostering disorder are considered. A chronology of civil disorders in England in 1985 is appended. 16 notes