According to research, a strong sense of social identity and empowerment often dictates how rioters behave.
The youth justice system should consider alternative community-based models that better recognise the ability for young people to abandon crime.
Australia should look to the New Zealand model, which has a strong focus on community, and recognises that the majority of young people grow-out of participating in crime.
The violence in the aftermath of the Indonesian elections has abated, but deep tensions remain.
While the riots in Jakarta have been brought under control, the deeper religious tensions that have polarised Indonesia will present a major challenge for Jokowi’s second term.
When it comes to riots, UK politicians need to acknowledge the real root causes, and address key issues such as failures in community policing.
Dystopian predictions of a no-deal Brexit have led to reports that the military could be used to maintain public order.
Hosay procession in St. James.
Hosay, a religious ritual performed by Trinidadian Muslims, combines the somber Islamic observance of Ashura, brought by immigrant Indians, and the joy of Trinidad's famous carnival.
Emmanuel Macron is driving through his neoliberal agenda by relying on French police forces renowned for their violence against ethnic minority citizens, protestors and migrants.
Serial killers are strategic and clever, usually choosing cities or towns in the midst of upheaval to commit their heinous crimes so they can fly under the radar.
As Toronto reacts to the news that a killer was preying on victims in the city’s gay village, an expert on serial killers explains how violent offenders are more strategic than previously thought.
Cigarettes are part of the social and economic fabric of prisons.
Members of the Black Bloc light flares as riot police arrive during a street protest against the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July.
(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Black Blocs sprung from an anarchist movement in western Germany. Anti-capitalism and anti-government, the original Black Blocs marched against nuclear energy and neo-Nazis.
Sensationalist warnings of further riots abound. But while many social inequalities remain, we can't say whether more widespread violence will follow.
Gone but not forgotten.
Mark Duggan was shot by the police in 2011, but it took two-and-a-half years to complete an inquest into his death.
Protesters are standing up against the police’s road blocks in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The protest by Zimbabweans against police road blocks and banned imports highlights a new political economy that is rising on the back of informalisation of the economy.
The cultural context in which class, ethnic and racial tensions explode into open violence must be analysed honestly.
AAP Image/Paul Miller
Australia's key foundation stories have a narrative arc based on the slow simmering of social tension and anxiety culminating in an explosive release of group hostility. Was Cronulla any different?
A bit of crowd control – nothing heavy-handed.
Better handling of peaceful protests at the death of Freddie Gray might have prevented the riots.
Baltimore in flames.
Despite having a black police commissioner and mayor, Baltimore has become the latest focus of African-American anger at racist policing.
Protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, after the Monday evening announcement of no charges over a teenager’s killing.
The announcement Monday evening in the US that there would be no charges against a policeman over the shooting of a teenager is puzzling and already the target of critique. It’s not just the decision itself…
Feels like home.
EPA/Dennis M. Sabangan
The recent mass demonstrations in Hong Kong that have been calling for greater democracy saw the police initially responding with riot squads, tear gas and pepper spray against peaceful protesters. However…
The G20 summit in Toronto in 2010 was marred by violent clashes between protestors and police. Will there be a repeat in Queensland later this year?
Queensland will be on the world stage when it hosts some of the most powerful world leaders during the G20 summit this November. But how prepared is Queensland for the expected protests at the event, and…
Don’t spray me, bro.
It has recently been announced that the Mayor of London’s Office on Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has authorised the Metropolitan Police to purchase three water cannon. This decision was made in advance of…