Thinking about the August Riots

Owen Jones - author, student and speaker

Owen Jones recently spoke at the Royal Society for the Arts in London. His theme was how we might best understand the riots that erupted in England’s cities in August 2011.

I can also recommend his first book Chavs: The demonisation of the working class published in June 2011. It analyses the way in which the elite and the media have been able to create a myth of a feral underclass and how this ‘liberal bogotry’ is ruining many ordinary people’s lives.

I find his analysis convincing and recommend you set aside an hour and listen to what he said on 8 September. You can access the talk as well as the excellent Q&A that followed at

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