The Northern ‘race riots’ of the summer of 2001 – were they riots, were they racial?

Bradford riots, 2001

Max Farrar's draft study of the 2001 riots in Harehills, Leeds is one of very few serious examinations of the wave of riots that broke out across the North of the UK in 2001.

Submitted by Mike Harman on July 31, 2017

While an unpublished draft paper for a conference, we reproduce the study here in the hope it will contribute to a better understanding of protests against police brutality in the UK.

Max Farrar is a sociologist, who was a member of Big Flame from 1975 to about 1983.

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