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Grenfell: the unfolding dimensions of social harm

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University of York

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Using a social harm approach, this paper locates the fire at Grenfell Tower as an event from which a variety of dimensions of social harms unfolded. These are most obviously physical as well as emotional and psychological harms, albeit some harmful effects are less immediately apparent than others. There are also a range of financial, economic, cultural and relational harms associated the fire. These harms unfold in ripples, initially around the burning tower, then disperse geographically and longitudinally. Moreover, they are layered, they interact, they synergistically produce new and heightened levels of harm. These harms will endure throughout communities within and beyond the Borough for many years to come.

Professor Steve Tombs

Steve Tombs is Professor of Criminology at The Open University. He has a long-standing interest in corporate and state crime and regulation. He works with the Hazards movement in the UK and has recently joined the Board of Inquest.

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