Understanding Urban Unrest

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Übungsraum 4A KS (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC03 Community Research (host committee)

Language: English

From the banlieues of Paris to the suburbs of Stockholm to the streets of Ferguson, over the last couple of years western nations have been racked by a series of severe instances of urban unrest. Only in the last five years large-scale riots have broken out in the US, Britain, France, Spain, Greece, and Sweden. What are the underlying factors which make cities prone to such events? Although commentators and policy makers agree that there is a general feeling of discontent running across certain neighbourhoods, the causes for such seemingly “issueless” riots are largely unclear with limited empirical research done in this area.
In this session we aim to look at the deeper-lying causes by conducting a comparative or an in-depth investigation of opinions, attitudes and sentiments with regard to participation in urban riots among urban youth in western cities.
Session Organizer:
Peter ACHTERBERG, Tilburg University, Netherlands
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Bengt ANDERSEN, Work Research Institute, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway
The Curitiba Urbanization Process: The Case of Iguaçu Park Garden
Luiz TEIXEIRA, Federal University of Parana, Brazil; Maria Tarcisa Silva BEGA, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil; Jose Miguel RASIA, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
Paris, London, Stockholm, When the Crisis Is Social
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