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A narrative based model of differentiating rioters
journal contributionposted on 2022-05-23, 09:34 authored by Dominic WillmottDominic Willmott, Maria Ioannou
The present study applied a narrative analysis upon rioter accounts of their motivations during the August 2011 England riots. To the authors’ knowledge, this piece of research was the first to utilise narrative theory to explore the phenomenon of rioting. Narrative accounts of 20 rioters were compiled from media, online, and published sources. Content analysis of the cases produced a set of 47 variables relating to offenders’ motivations given when describing their criminality. Data were subjected to Smallest Space Analysis (SSA), a non-metric multidimensional scaling procedure, and results revealed four distinct themes: the Professional Rioter; the Revenger Rioter; the Victim Rioter; and the Adventurer Rioter, in line with previous research conducted on differing crime types (Canter, Kaouri and Ioannou 2003; Youngs and Canter 2011b). The four narrative themes are consistent with motivations identified in previous theories.
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy
Published inThe Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
Pages105 - 124
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
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Publisher statementThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: WILLMOTT, D. and IOANNOU, M. (2017), A Narrative Based Model of Differentiating Rioters. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 56: 105-124, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12194. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.