UK riots: political classes see what they want to see

Like everyone else, I've spent most of the past week glued to news of the riots.

In my case though, many reports have carried a tingle of nostalgia. You see, I grew up not far from the ground zero of the disturbances – in Edmonton, just north of where this week's violence began in Tottenham – and so the updates on looting and destruction have also summoned up memories of school trips, bus rides and teenage work experience.

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by Kristin Gorski - Aug. 11, 2011

One of the more nuanced and thoughtfully written assessments of England's recent riots. Places the events in context while balancing them with current viewpoints of those today who have just experienced them. Mr. Chakrabortty references works on sociology, recessions, economic malaise, and rioting, and this effectively serves to prompt more thinking about what has happened.

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