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Law against liberty : the criminalization of dissent

"The criminalization of dissent, and possible threats to civil liberties posed by this criminalization, have become central issues of debate within liberal democracies, particularly in relation to discussions of political violence and the role of law in protests. Law against Liberty provides significant commentary on the criminalization of political movements and dissent within (neo)liberal democracies in the contemporary context. The criminalization of dissent has been a common feature of neo-liberal governance in the current period of capitalist globalization. It has accompanied various structural adjustment and free trade policies as the required force to impose such programs on unwilling publics. Police violence has been a constant feature of alternative globalization demonstrations. Examples of escalating state attacks on opponents of global capital include tear gas attacks, use of rubber bullets and concussion grenades, illegal searches and seizures, surveillance and beatings of arrestees, and, most severely, the deaths of people at the hands of police as in Genoa and England. At the same time demonstrators have developed new repertoires of protest practice, including acts of violence and combat. Yet these engagements of escalation (as police and protesters adapt to each other's actions) have been understudied and undertheorized in recent social science works. Most works on the criminalization of dissent focus on a specific national context. Those that offer multinational examples tend to be earlier works that predate the Seattle protests of 1999, a watershed event in the development of alternative globalization movements and struggles. Based on contributions from engaged scholars, many of whom have direct, first-hand experience in the protests that they analyze, this book offers the most extensive and diverse examination of dissent and its criminalization in contemporary liberal democracies."--Publisher
Print Book, English, ©2011
Vandeplas Pub., Lake Mary, FL, ©2011
x, 180 pages ; 24 cm
9781600421396, 1600421393
1. A state of violence? A historical look at civilization, criminalization and the politics of legitimate and illegitimate force in Michigan / Jennifer Carlson
2. Black bulwarks: dissent, destruction, and dissolution of the MOVE organization / Ellesia Blaque
3. Criminalizing dissent: from the riot to the courts / BRE
4. Criminalization of protest and dissent in post-9/11 England / Debra Buchholtz
5. Protestors as persons of interest: coordinated police surveillance of a funeral for civil rights / Jeff Nall
6. Last resort: land struggles and the criminalization of Indigenous resistance in Canada / Jeff Shantz
7. "There are no human rights during the G20": detention and dehumanization in Toronto / Eva Botten