Wednesday, 15th August 2012
Inequality and The England Riots of 2011
Source: Equality Trust (UK)
From Equality Trust blog:
The Government-commissioned Riots, Communities and Victims Panel identified seven major themes that had to be addressed if future riots are to be prevented. All are powerfully affected by inequality:
Children and Parents - where inequality is high child well-being is low.
Personal Resilience - relative deprivation adds to the stresses of family and community life, so removing the sources of resilience.
Hopes and Dreams - inequality is a good predictor of how likely it is that a person who is born poor will stay poor.
Brands - in more unequal countries there is more pressure to acquire expensive status symbols.
The Usual Suspects (criminality) – high levels of inequality brings more crime, including violent and acquisitive crimes.
Police and the Public – where inequality is high there is more deadly use of force by the police.
Community Engagement - inequality reduces social cohesion, weakens community life and erodes trust.
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