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Racism, Policy and Politics$
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Karim Murji

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319573

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319573.001.0001

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Framing riots

Framing riots

(p.161) Eight Framing riots
Racism, Policy and Politics

Karim Murji

Policy Press

This concluding chapter explores the scholarly commentary and research on riots that occurred in August 2011 in England. As incidents of violent disorder occurring in urban settings, they were commonly linked to recent historical and contemporary concerns about policing operations, in which race occupies a significant place, particularly through the over-policing of black people. The chapter then provides a heuristic framework of ways in which the riots were understood. By delineating the key features of each, it indicates their partialities and their consequences in terms of what academic framing does in shaping understandings of what matters in race and policing policy concerns. The argument is that these frames lend weight to particular ways of thinking about riots, while obscuring others.

Keywords:   race riots, policing operations, race, black people, academic framing, policy

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