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The causes and consequences of urban riot and unrest

Newburn, Tim (2021) The causes and consequences of urban riot and unrest. Annual Review of Criminology, 4. 53 - 73. ISSN 2572-4568

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Identification Number: 10.1146/annurev-criminol-061020-124931


This review explores those varied bodies of work that have sought to understand crowd behavior and violent crowd conduct in particular. Although the study of such collective conduct was once considered central to social science, this has long ceased to be the case and in many respects the study of protest and riot now receives relatively little attention, especially within criminology. In addition to offering a critical overview of work in this field, this review argues in favor of an expanded conception of its subject matter. In recent times, scholarly concern has increasingly been focused on questions of etiology, i.e., asking how and why events such as riots occur, with the consequence that less attention is paid to other, arguably equally important questions, including how riots spread, how they end, and, critically, what happens in their aftermath. Accordingly, as a corrective, the review proposes a life-cycle model of riots.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2021 by Annual Reviews
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2020 14:03
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 17:30

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