(In)security in the mainstream: media and the 2011 English riots

Docherty, Stevie (2018) (In)security in the mainstream: media and the 2011 English riots. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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In this thesis, I present a new approach to interpreting and understanding the 2011 English riots. While recognising that this is one approach among many possible others, I offer a reading of the events of August 2011 that doubles as a unique re-reading of them. Re-reading the riots is an undertaking that is only possible from a perspective informed by the passage of time, in which the riots have receded and become part of the recent past. I draw on theories of media ecology and media archaeology in order to cast light on how the riots, the worst disorder in Britain in the twenty-first century, unfolded in and through media. I employ a multi-strand research design combining multimodal analysis of media data together with focus groups and interview fieldwork in order to better understand the riotous media ecology, and how the ecology of the riots has persisted over time.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Media, riots, public disorder, security, media ecology, media archaeology.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Supervisor's Name: Hoskins, Professor Andrew and Renaud, Professor Karen
Date of Award: 2018
Embargo Date: 19 September 2021
Depositing User: Stevie Docherty
Unique ID: glathesis:2018-30788
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 08:39
Last Modified: 03 May 2024 10:27
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.30788
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/30788

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