Robust Policing and Defiant Identities: A Social Identity Study of the Greater Manchester Riots 2011

  • Dermot Barr

Student thesis: Phd


This thesis explores the intergroup dynamics during the development of rioting at two sites in Greater Manchester in 2011, Pendleton, in Salford, and Manchester city centre. The primary theoretical contribution of this thesis is to the Elaborated Social Identity Model of the development of conflict (ESIM, Drury & Reicher 2000). Through detailed analysis of how the intergroup dynamics informed the development of the two riots, and participants’ subjective experiences, the thesis confirms and extends the ESIM understandings of the social psychological processes involved in escalating intergroup conflict.
Date of Award1 Aug 2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorJudith Aldridge (Supervisor) & Jonathan Shute (Supervisor)


  • Manchester
  • ESIM
  • Salford
  • Rioting
  • Riots
  • Elaborated Social Identity Model

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