Shutting down the Streets Political Violence and Social Control in the Global Era

ISBN-10: 0814741002
ISBN-13: 9780814741009
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 9/12/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Recently, a wall was built in eastern Germany. Made of steel and cement blocks, topped with razor barbed wire, and reinforced with video monitors and movement sensors, this wall was not put up to protect a prison or a military base, but rather to guard a three-day meeting of the finance ministers of the Group of Eight (G8). The wall manifested a level of security that is increasingly commonplace at meetings regarding the global economy. The authors ofShutting Down the Streetshave directly observed and participated in more than 20 mass actions against global in North America and Europe, beginning with the watershed 1999 WTO meetings in Seattle and including the 2007 G8 protests in Heiligendamm.Shutting Down the Streetsis the first book to conceptualize the social control of dissent in the era of alter-globalization. Based on direct observation of more than 20 global summits, the book demonstrates that social control is not only global, but also pre-emptive, and that it relegates dissent to the realm of criminality. The charge is insurrection, but the accused have no weapons. The authors document in detail how social control forecloses the spaces through which social movements nurture the development of dissent and effect disruptive challenges. The compelling conclusion is that much of the normalized policing of protest must be re-conceptualized as political violence against democracy

Amory Starr is the author of several books, including the first comprehensive text on alterglobalization, Naming the Enemy: Anti-Corporate Movements Confront Globalization .

Luis A. Fernandez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and author of Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement .

Christian Scholl is Lecturer of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and author of the forthcoming book, Two Sides of a Barricade. (Dis)order and Summit Protest in Europe .

What Is Going On?
The Geography of Global Governance: Spatial Dynamics of Controlling Dissent
Toward a Political Economy of the Social Control of Dissent
Policing Alterglobalization Dissent
A Taxonomy of Political Violence
Antirepression: Resisting the Social Control of Dissent
Dmocracy Out of Order
Summits Directly Observed by Authors
Of Stones and Flowers: John Holloway and Vittorio Sergi on Protest Tactics
Suggestions for Future Research
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

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