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Shopping with violence: An anthropological study of the UK riots concerning social exclusion in a consumerist society
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the summer of 2011 London was going to be the first city to host the Olympics for a third time. The city was full of prosperous vibes of expectation and aspiration. What no one expected was that London was about to have the most widespread riots in its history. The majority of riots happened in areas of London, but they were also sparked in various other UK cities and lasted for five days.

The life of humans mainly consist of everyday life events that follows a somewhat given socio-political structure. Albeit, once in a while the socio-political structures are shaken and people start acting outside the otherwise given order. This was what happened in Britain, in August of 2011. In this thesis I will focus on the characteristic of looting in relation to the London riots and see how these riots were a product of a consumerist society. 

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2013. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
London riots, consumerism, looting, underclass
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201213OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-201213DiVA: diva2:626474
Subject / course
Cultural Anthropology
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Freestanding course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-06-14 Created: 2013-06-09 Last updated: 2013-06-14Bibliographically approved

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