The Control of Mass Demonstrations in Western Democracies
Policing Protest by Donatella Della Porta
Book DescriptionThe way in which police handle political demonstrations is always potentially controversial. In contemporary democracies, police departments have two different, often conflicting aims: keeping the peace and defending citizens' right to protest. This collection analyzes a wide array of policing styles. The contributors look at cultures and political power to examine the methods, the trends and cycles, and the consequences of policing protest. Focusing on Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Spain, the United States, and South Africa, the contributors explore the various police strategies of coercion, negotiation, and information surveillance. They discuss protest policing in relation to specific countries' governments and consider public opinion, media, and the police's perception of reality to illustrate the reciprocal ways in which police and protest are defined. Moreover, this volume considers the profound changes from the forceful 1960s to a "softer" 1990s, including the consequences of this move.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816630639
(230mm x 160mm x 22mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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