Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745333885 Published May 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745333892 Published May 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Crisis and Control

The Militarization of Protest Policing

Lesley J. Wood

Crisis and Control

Lesley J. Wood

Distributed for Pluto Press

216 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457 | © 2014
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745333885 Published May 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745333892 Published May 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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 field.

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
10 List of Acronyms
References
Index

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