Riots and reactions: hypocrisy and disaffiliation?

Hedge, N. and Mackenzie, A. (2015) Riots and reactions: hypocrisy and disaffiliation? Journal of Philosophy of Education, 49(3), pp. 329-346. (doi: 10.1111/1467-9752.12132)

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The August 2011 riots in England occasioned widespread condemnation from government and the media. Here, we apply the concepts of hypocrisy and affiliation to explore reactions to these riots. Initially acknowledging that politics necessitates a degree of hypocrisy, we note that some forms of hypocrisy are indefensible: they compromise integrity. With rioters condemned as thugs and members of a feral underclass, some reactions exemplified forms of corrosive hypocrisy that deflected attention away from economic, social and cultural problems. Moreover, such reactions omitted to attend to the concept of [dis]affiliation amongst young rioters. Accordingly, we look to the role that education might play in re-affiliating those who do not feel they belong to, or have a sufficient stake in, society. Whilst our focus is on the riots in England, the exploration of hypocrisy and affiliation, and discussion of education for re-affiliation, transcends that national context.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Riots and reactions: hypocrisy and disaffiliation? Journal of Philosophy of Education 2015, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackenzie, Dr Alison and Hedge, Professor Nicki
Authors: Hedge, N., and Mackenzie, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
Journal Name:Journal of Philosophy of Education
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1467-9752
Published Online:24 March 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
First Published:First published in Journal of Philosophy of Education 49(3): 329-346
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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