Ethnic Riots in United Kingdom in 2001

  • Paul BagguleyEmail author
  • Yasmin Hussain
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This chapter analyzes the context causes and consequences for ethnic relations of the 2001 riots in the North of England. Between May and July 2001, a series of riots occurred in the Northern former textile towns of Oldham, Burnley, and Bradford. The social context and key features of the riots in each of the towns are examined. This is followed by a discussion of the policing and subsequent prosecution of the rioters, especially in Bradford where the most serious disturbances occurred. Finally the chapter analyzes the emergence of community cohesion policy as one of the longer-term consequences of the riots.


Ethnic relations South Asian 2001 riots Bradford Oldham Burnley 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Sociology and Social PolicyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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  • Vijay Naidu
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  1. 1.University of the South PacificSuvaFiji

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