Hidden Divisions: Part 1

As a joint honours student of History and Anthropology, I have been drawn to Charles Tilly’s interdisciplinary approach to the study of social movements and in his argument for the need to historically contextualise these movements. Throughout my degree, I have encountered numerous examples of historians, and some social scientists more broadly, criticising disciplines like… Continue reading Hidden Divisions: Part 1

Commemorating the 36th anniversary of the Brixton Riots

Ya hear my Brixton Briefcase From across the pond London’s Burning But the beat goes on On the 11th April 1981, the Brixton community clashed violently with police as a result of overflowing racial tensions, which have come to be known as the Brixton Riots. These riots represented a turning point in history; witnessing the… Continue reading Commemorating the 36th anniversary of the Brixton Riots

The people who got left behind – are new social movements really de-politicized?

Sitting in a darkened lecture-come-cinema room at 10am on Friday morning during the first week back to university, I was not quite prepared for our introductory lecture to London’s Burning: Social Movements and Protest in the Capital 1830-2003. Despite having a wonderful, innovative teacher who really helps to bring history alive for me, theory is… Continue reading The people who got left behind – are new social movements really de-politicized?