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London riots plus deprivation = interesting

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 at 10:08 am. #

London riots with deprivation overlay

Francis Fawcett contacted me with an interesting piece of work – overlaying my riots map (showing London riots from Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights, details here) with the Index of Multiple Deprivation from 2007. You can see the results above.

This index, in case you don’t know (and I didn’t) is constructed from different data which is weighted and combined together, and shows income, employment, health and disability, education, skills and training, barriers to housing and services, crime, and environment.

If you want to have a play with the map, http://goto.cridland.net/riotsmap is where you’ll find it.

I’m not a statistician, but it seems that there is an interesting, if not unexpected, correlation between “deprivation” and the unrest we’ve been seeing.


Dan Thornton
commenting at August 10th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Deprivation leads to a lack of social cohesion, which is the thing that stops most of us from going out and committing violent crime or looting, whereas we might occasionally sneak over the speed limit on a motorway, because that’s more acceptable, for example.

The third thing which would make the map even more useful would be to overlay the effect of recent government cuts to youth work – I think the Guardian had the full list published a little while ago, as that looks like it could also be extremely closely related, with the majority of cuts happening in the same exact areas, in the days and weeks before the riots kicked off.

commenting at August 10th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

The pattern of riots/deprivation hasn’t changed since the early 80s. Brixton and Toxteth always feature. Depressing how it doesn’t improve. Even more so if you live there. It would have been nice if this time the rioters’ focus had been more on politics than shopping. It would have been nice if we were as concerned with the cause as the symptoms. See you in 30 years for the next lot?

commenting at August 11th, 2011 at 11:02 am

There’s no key or guide to this map (at least, not that I can see). Are we to assume that the red/pink colour denotes a poor area?

commenting at August 11th, 2011 at 11:16 am

I thought that would have been obvious, but many of the rioters were from outside the areas on the map, at least they left the bookshops alone, it would have been scary if they started stealing books!

commenting at August 11th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

That may not be the most constructive comment, but I could not help but think of the Asimovian psychohistory when I saw the map…

commenting at August 12th, 2011 at 2:51 am

well the people arrested seem to come from all walks of life from millionaire daughter to postman. In reality you can draw any picture from statistics if you have certain amount of data. Therefore everything from stats is relative hence means nothing.

commenting at August 12th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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commenting at August 13th, 2011 at 1:16 am

one of waterstones employees said if they stole books they might learn something. none of them thought about kindles thou, very small but £110 a piece…

David Board
commenting at August 13th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

If they had started stealing books, it would have at least have been encouraging in regards to literacy levels.

commenting at August 15th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

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