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Dr Jonathan Havercroft - Awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Published: 19 May 2020

Dr Jonathan Havercroft, Associate Professor in International Political Theory, Department of Politics and International Relations, has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for a project called “Just and Unjust Riots: A Normative Analysis of Militant Protest".


​​​​​​​Despite excellent work in political theory on the normativity of violence and a vast literature on the causes and consequences of riots, there is very little scholarship that asks when and under what conditions might rioting be justified?  My project addresses this gap by analyzing recent high-profile riots in Europe and North America to explore this issue from three angles. 1) What is a riot? How can we distinguish riots from other forms of collective political action such as demonstrations, civil disobedience, and rebellion? 2) How does public discourse around rioting shape public perception of the justifiability of the riot? 3) Can a riot be justified? If yes, then how? The project will generate three scholarly articles, a book monograph proposal, three policy roundtables with policy makers and leaders of civil society groups, three policy briefs, and a module in the University of Southampton Research Roadshow. 

Dr Jonathan Havercroft

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