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The crude moralism that characterises looters and rioters as ‘scum’ is evidence that space for political debate about the causes of things is becoming dangerously limited

By Mary Evans

Abstract

This week’s riots in London and beyond have sparked a frenzy of comment that characterises those who riot and loot as ‘scum’. Mary Evans argues that this strict, emotional, moralism is overruling any chance for a meaningful political debate on the causes of the riots

Topics: DA Great Britain, HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology, JA Political science (General), JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Blog post from London School of Economics & Political Science
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:37945
Provided by: LSE Research Online

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