Mapping the Connection Between Poverty and Rioting

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Mapping the Connection Between Poverty and Rioting Mapping the Connection Between Poverty and Rioting
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Mapping the Connection Between Poverty and Rioting

by Cord Jefferson

August 13, 2011

Sign seen at a March 2011 anti-austerity rally in London.

Everyone knows that correlation does not equal causation, but the correlation here is especially striking. The neighborhood of Tottenham, where the riots kicked off, has the fourth highest rate of child poverty in London and an unemployment rate that's twice the national average. What's worse, it's been that way for years.

The line connecting joblessness and looting sneakers from a Topshop may seem hazy at first, but looking at maps like this it's not all that hard to deduce: Poverty fuels anger (PDF) and anger, when sparked under the right circumstances, fuels riots.

photo via (cc) Flickr user mastermaq

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