Crisis and Control

Crisis and Control : The Militarization of Protest Policing

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Crisis and Control explains how neoliberal transformations of political and economic systems are militarising the policing of protest, based on a compelling empirical study of police agencies and practices from 1995 until the present. Lesley J. Wood shows that the increasing role of the security and defense industries, professional police associations, anti-terrorism initiatives and 'best practices' in policing networks have accelerated the use of less lethal weapons, pre-emptive arrests, infiltration and barricading strategies against protesters. The book uses Bourdieu and Boltanski to analyse court transcripts, police reports, policy, training materials and the conference programs of professional police organisations to argue that police agencies are neither omnipotent strategists, nor simple tools of the elite, but institutions struggling to maintain legitimacy, resources and autonomy in a changing more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • 0745333885
  • 9780745333885
  • 1,076,362

About Lesley J. Wood

Lesley Wood is Associate Professor of Sociology at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Direct Action, Deliberation and Diffusion (2012) and co-author of the third edition of Social Movements 1768-2012. She is an activist in the global justice and anti-poverty more

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Policing Waves of Protest 1995 - 2013 3. To Serve and Protect Who? Policing Trends and Best Practices 4. Local Legitimacy and Struggles for Control 5. Officer Identity and the Diffusion of Pepper Spray 6. Experts, Agencies and Integration 7. Protest As Threat 8. Urine Filled Supersoakers 9. Conclusion List of Acronyms References Indexshow more

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'A powerful dissection of the ways that the policing of protests have been transformed over the last decade' -- The Bullet 'A must-read for all who care about freedom of speech and see protest and public demonstration as a necessary and legitimate means of protecting democracy' -- Howard F Morton. QC., Barrister 'Shows clearly that the police wing of the state takes very seriously its task of understanding and defeating social resistance to austerity. Those engaged in that resistance would do well to return the favour. This book provides an excellent source of knowledge and insight into how the not-so-thin blue line thinks and operates' -- John Clarke, Organizer, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty 'A hard-hitting, insightful, and well-researched analysis of the changing forms of protest policing' -- Willem de Lint, professor of criminal justice, Flinders University 'An engaging and sophisticated study of protest policing, which exposes the threat such policing poses to democracy and the neoliberal dynamics that have made it a preferred strategy for repressing the 99% whenever they challenge the 1%' -- William K. Carroll, professor of sociology, University of Victoria 'Sheds light on the economic and political roots of police brutality against legitimate social movements. Unfortunately, this is what our 'democracy' looks like' -- Francis Dupuis-Deri, professor of political science, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, and member of the Observatory on racial, social, and political profiling in the public space. 'A welcome contribution to the literature on the sociology of policing more generally. Smart, erudite, and empirically grounded, Wood's perspective on policing protest exposes deeper, often under-explored, theoretical dimensions of the politics of policing' -- James Sheptycki, Professor of Criminology, York University 'A balanced, detailed and convincing look at global policing. This is a necessary and rare account that is vital for anyone interested in protest policing and its increasing militarisation, as well as wider forms of global social control under neo-liberalism' -- Nina Power, University of Roehampton, co-founder of Defend the Right to Protestshow more

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