Tottenham Riots 2011

Aske Thornhal & Klaus Münster

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project is a city-sociological view on one specific part of the England Riots in August 2011, the part that took place in Tottenham, London, where the riots began. Originally they started with local frustration due to the police handling of the police shooting of local resident Mark Duggan. The riots that ensued in several cities for a whole week had multiple underlying reasons besides being catalysed into happening by the shooting incident. This project uses critical realism and critical, often Marxist, theory, (e.g. David Harvey and Friedrich Engels) to define what these underlying reasons might be. We base our project on numerous official reports, on statistics and on the seven interviews we conducted during our own field trip to Tottenham in the beginning of May 2012. The main conclusion is that the social conditions and mutual lack of respect between the government and the citizens had caused frustrations to build up over a long period. Seen from our analysis, high unemployment, very expensive housing, lack of education and harassment from the police were the main underlying reasons, which were brought out into the open through riots that led to nothing except to prison for the rioters, death for five people, looted stores and damages totalling £ 4.5 million. If the citizens want to fight their problems, they need to organize themselves under common slogans.

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2012
VejlederePeter Hegelund Skriver


  • Riots
  • Tottenham