Policing, Law and Order and Urban Unrest

  • John Solomos


Some reference has already been made in the previous two chapters to the impact of two processes on the politics of racialisation during the 1970s and 1980s. First, the evident racialisation of policing, particularly in inner city areas, during this period. Second, the impact of the riots during 1980–1 and 1985 on the politics of race, at both the national and local levels. Even from these general references it should be clear that no account of the politics of race in contemporary Britain can ignore the role that urban unrest has played in public debate about racial issues during the 1980s.


Social Deprivation Youth Unemployment Black Youth Daily Mail Racial Symbol 
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Guide to Further Reading

  1. Because of recurrent controversies about relations between black communities and the police there is a large literature on this subject. Good starting points for recent developments are R. Reiner (1985) and D. Smith and J. Gray (1985). Other important studies are: S. Hall, et al. (1978); D. Humphry (1972). On the history of police relations with young blacks see J. Solomos (1988). On the politics of urban unrest see: Lord Scarman (1981); J. Benyon (1984); and J. Benyon and J. Solomos (eds) (1987).Google Scholar

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© John Solomos 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Solomos
    • 1
  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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