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Matt Clement

In assessing the importance of acts and movements of protest to contemporary criminology it is important to consider their history and sociology. In the long term, notions of social justice have been shaped through struggles where crowds assemble, negotiate and strike or riot, often in response to acts of injustice carried out by those in authority or their agents of social control. This chapter looks back at a decade of protest movements which burst into life with the ‘Arab Spring’, focusing in detail on the UK riots of 2011, and argues for the salience of a classical Marxist analysis that sees the rebirth of protest as its vindication and interprets the centrality of protest to the 21st-century ‘moral economy’.