Re-discovering values after the English riots.

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Despite the low numbers of people involved in the recent riots (a tiny fraction of the population), the disorder does appear to have crystallised a wider sense of unease in British society. The resulting discussion of ‘values’ has the potential to make us reassess certain aspects of social life to which we may have become oblivious or resigned.

What is particularly striking in this debate, however, is the unquestioned assumption of what these ‘values’ are or how they work in practice. This assumption is not limited to politicians or commentators: social scientists often use the term ‘values’ (Read Here)

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