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Policing Dissent

Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement

Luis A. Fernandez

Policing Dissent is one of the best books I’ve come across in any field that examines the intersections of globalization, dissent, and late-modern social control.” —Peter Kraska, Senior Research Fellow, and author of Militarizing the American Criminal Justice System.

In November 1999, fifty-thousand anti-globalization activists converged on Seattle to shut down the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Meeting. Using innovative and network-based strategies, the protesters left police flummoxed, desperately searching for ways to control the crowds in Seattle and the emerging anti-corporate globalization movement. Faced with these network-based tactics, law enforcement agencies transformed their policing and social control mechanisms to manage this new threat.

In Policing Dissent, sociologist Luis A. Fernandez provides a firsthand account of the changing nature of control efforts employed by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies when confronted with mass activism. Based on ethnographic research, and using an incisive, cutting-edge theoretical framework, Fernandez maps the use of legal, physical, and psychological approaches.

Policing Dissent also offers readers the richness of experiential detail and engaging stories often lacking in studies of police practices and social movements. This book does not merely seek to explain the causal relationship between repression and mobilization. Rather, it shows how social control strategies act on the mind and body of protesters.

Luiz A. Fernandez is an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University.

Policing Dissent
Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement

By Luis A. Fernandez
224 pages, 9 b&w photographs
Paper, $21.95, ISBN: 978-0-8135-4215-7
Publication Date: March 2008

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