riots

Folk devils and moral panics

Mods and rockers fight, Brighton 1964

A detailed study by Stanley Cohen of the making of "moral panics" by the media, in particular examining the mods and rockers youth culture in the UK in the 1960s.

1988: The Tompkins Square Riot

A brief account of the riot of 1988 when Police started evicting homeless people from Tompkins Square park. The event led to the exposure of widespread brutality by the precinct police.

1874: The Tompkins Square Police Riot

An account of a cop riot in 1874 where mounted police attacked public demonstrations by organised Unemployed workers associations in New York. Taken from wikipedia.

Notes on a factory uprising in Yangon

Yangon H&M factory
Soe Lin Aung examines a recent strike-cum-riot at a Chinese-owned H&M supplier in Myanmar, digging beyond the headlines into its local context and broader political significance.

Rational kernel, real movement: Badiou and Théorie Communiste in the age of riots

An article by Nathan Brown, first published in 'Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion', issue #5 (published in November 2012), comparing/contrasting Badiou and Théorie Communiste's theorisation of riots.

Black anger shakes the rotten pillars of bourgeois and democratic "civilization" - Bruno Maffi (1965)

Originally published anonymously (the norm within the Bordigist tradition) in 'Il Programma Comunista' (September 10th 1965), the paper of the former International Communist Party, written by the Left Communist Bruno Maffi (b.1909 – d.2003). Republished in 'Proletarian' #12, Autumn/Winter 2015. The article was prompted by the 1965 Watts riots.

Captain Swing was here!

An example of a Captain Swing letter

A short history of the 1830 Swing riots by Stuart Booth. Farm bosses would receive threatening letters from a fictional “Captain Swing”, and if they didn’t submit to the demands their premises would be attacked.

Turkey-Netherlands riot: both prime ministers gain, the workers lose

Erdogan Rutte row Turkey  - The Netherlands

Analysis and critique of both sides in the diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands which has led to riots and name-calling between the two governments.

Hulme against fascism, 1936

Hulme Town Hall, late 19th century

A short account of the attacks on Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists organisation in Hulme, Manchester.

The battle of Stockton, 1933

Central Stockton around this time

A short account, by David Walsh, of the smashing off the streets of Oswald Mosley's fascist Blackshirts in Stockton.