Two of the best pieces I read on the recent English riots were by Owen Hatherley and Owen Jones. Their recently published books (both with Verso) are really worth reading as background to the context in which these events took place. I’ve just finished reading Hatherley’s A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain which is a scathing indictment of the embodiment of capitalism and New Labour in architectural form. And I read Jones’s Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class last week. Jones was on Newsnight in the notorious David Starkey discussion, later describing it as ‘Enoch Powell meets Alan Partridge‘ which is about right.
Further suggestions would be welcome in the comments.
[Update: do look at the comments, which include some important pieces, and especially at Kurt Iveson's page of links here]