Tag: UK-Riots-2011

Cupcake Fascism: Gentrification, Infantilisation and Cake

Cupcake fas­cism as­serts it­self vi­ol­ently through some­thing the in­fant­il­ized sub­ject holds deeply as an ideal. This ideal is nice­ness. The Cupcake as Object The cupcake is barely a cake. When we think about what “the cake-like” ideal should be, it is something spongy, moist, characterized by excess, collapsing under its own weight of gooey jam,…

Race, Civility & A Good Cup of Tea: Tottenham

This is an exerpt; Full text available at Canadian Dimension … In response [to the summer’s riots], many observers tried to comment on the situation, drawing out grand theories of the political, social, and economic context behind the events. Some blamed social spending cuts brought on by the new Tory budget. Others drew attention to…

Capitalist Rioters Don’t Wear Hoodies

Author: Gaston Gordillo (Space and Politics) The global media has been nervously covering two simultaneous forms of destruction: the obliteration of wealth in the financial markets and the destruction of property in the United Kingdom. This destruction involves different actors, objects, temporalities, and spatial scales. The looting by youths in the UK had a short-term…

Tottenham: Neoliberal Riots and the Possibility of Politics

We are delighted to say that this post has been translated into Portuguese, Turkish, Russian and Croatian. One of the many things that we hear repeated ad nauseam in the context of the present rioting in London is that the rioters are ‘feral’, ‘yobs’, ‘thugs’ or more generously ‘disaffected youth’. All the talk from Cameron…

Violence at the Edge: Tottenham, Athens, Paris

Few are willing to make comparisons between this past year’s radical political activity – from the student protests to the major TUC demonstration – and the Tottenham riots. The reasons for this are fairly obvious: there is no unifying political goal of these ‘looters’, ‘hooligans’ and ‘thugs’. Theirs instead appears to be a ‘consumerism of…

I’ve Always Supported Tottenham

If you’re tempted to listen to BBC5 this morning for some coverage of the London riots, don’t. I made that mistake and was barraged by racist callers spouting off false facts and being moderated by a patronising school ma’am announcer who consistently referred to those involved in the riots as ‘the hooligans’. When I was…