Did lack of male role models cause the riots?

A leading Think Tank has highlighted lack of male role models and a failure in the education of boys as underlying causes of the recent riots in London and other English cities.

Harriet Sergeant  of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has written an article for the Sunday Times New Reivew entitled Fixing Broken Britain (££) which follows research she undertook for the CPS book “Wasted: the betrayal of white working class and black Caribbean boys” in 2009

Having spent years talking to gangs, youth club leaders, teachers, community leaders and charities, Sergeant found that a failure for white working class and black Caribbean boys to make the transition to manhood was leaving them dangerously disengaged from society.

This disengagement resulted in both an increase in violent incidents and youth disorder. According to Sergeant, three key areas helped produce this disengagement:

  • A lack of male role models
  • A failure of education and literacy
  • Poor job market incentives due to welfare and immigration
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has also blamed the riots on “children without fathers and schools without discipline” saying:
“I don’t doubt that many of the rioters out last week have no father at home. Perhaps they come from one of the neighbourhoods where it is normal for young men to grow up without a male role model, looking to the street for their father figures. So if we want to have any hope of mending our broken society, family and parenting is where we’ve got to start.”
For some further opinions on the causes of the riots ranging including consumerism, cuts, social media, racism, welfare dependency and gansta rap click for a summary from the BBC.
About

Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at www.helpingmen.co.uk.

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