“Les ‘Désordres ethniques’ en Grande-Bretagne: le cas de Bradford

Bolognani, Marta (2007) “Les ‘Désordres ethniques’ en Grande-Bretagne: le cas de Bradford. Espaces et Societes, 128 (1-2). pp. 113-119. ISSN 9782749207438

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Abstract

This paper gives an overview of ethnic riots and institutional settings in the UK in recent years and focuses on the 1995 and 2001 Bradford disturbances. While many have conceptualised these by opposing « structural » and « cultural » theories, present ethnographic data show that this opposition is often blurred. Bradford Pakistanis perceive a substantial difference between the 1995 events (described with words such self-defence, human rights and citizenship) and those of 2001 (described in political language but constructed around pseudo-initiatory rituals and proofs of masculinity). Rioters appear neither victims of the « system », nor autonomous perpetrators of gratuitous violence and can be better understood through an analyse of local history and of the importance of agency within economic and cultural constraints.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state > JC328.6 Violence. Political violence
Depositing User: Marta Bolognani
Date Deposited: 01 May 2012 09:52
Last Modified: 01 May 2012 09:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38885
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