What is the main contention of this article about the London...

What is the main contention of this article about the London riots?


It is called, "Look behind the crime to see its causes".

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The main contention of this article is that the rioting is caused by the government neglecting the citizens of the areas in which the riots began.  The author poses the question as to why the rioters were destroying their own streets and answers that it is

Because they don't feel like the streets are ''theirs'' in the first place.

From there, the author gives a view of riots that is typical among liberals.  She points out that the government has, in her view, not done enough for the people of these areas.  She gives, as an example, her own work experience as a "supply teacher" in such an area.  She argues that the government does not give such areas the resources that they need in order to prosper.  This frustrates the residents of the area and makes them feel alienated from the society as a whole.  Because they feel this way, they are likely to riot if something provokes them.

The main contention of the article, then, is that the riots happened because the government has neglected the people who live in the areas most affected by the rioting.