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Patterns of Provocation

Police and Public Disorder

Edited by Richard Bessel and Clive Emsley

208 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-227-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (October 2000)

ISBN  978-1-57181-228-5 $29.95/£21.00 Pb Published (October 2000)


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Over the past thirty years social scientists and particularly social historians have stressed the need to take popular protest seriously. The corollary of this, the need to take the policing of protest seriously, seems to have been less well acknowledged. The aim of this volume is to redress this situation by probing, in depth, a limited number of incidents of public disorder and focusing particularly on the role of the police. In doing so, this collection will draw out general patterns of police provocation and public responses and suggest general hypotheses. The incidents explored range across Europe and the United States, involve different kinds of political regime, and are drawn from both the interwar and the postwar years. They pose important questions about the effects of riot training and specialist equipment for the police, about the reality and roles of "agitators" and of "rotten apples" amongst the police, and about the role of the media and the courts in fostering certain kinds of undesirable and counterproductive police behavior.

Richard Bessel is Professor of Twentieth-Century History at the University of York. His publications include Political Violence and the Rise of Nazism and Germany after the First World War.

Clive Emsley is Professor of History at the Open University and Co-Director of the European Centre for the Study of Policing. His publications include Crime and Society in England, 1750-1900 and The English Police: A Political and Social History. Since 1995 he has been President of the International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice.

Subject: 20th Century History Sociology
Area: Europe North America

LC: HV8055 .P38 2000

BL: YC.2002.a.12061

BISAC: HIS054000 HISTORY/Social History; SOC026000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/General

BIC: HBTB Social & cultural history; JHB Sociology




Contents

Introduction: Patterns of Provocation
R. Bessel and C. Emsley

Chapter 1. The Case of Berlin, 1929
P. Leflmann-Faust

Chapter 2. The Police and the Clichy Massacre, 1937
S. Kitson

Chapter 3. "Silitoe's Cossacks": Policing the Glasgow Gangs in the 1930s
A. Davies

Chapter 4. The "People's Police" and the Miners of Saalfeld, August 1951
R. Bessel

Chapter 5. The Harlem Riots 1964
M. Flamm

Chapter 6. Policing Pit Closures, 1984-1992
D. Waddington and C. Critcher

Chapter 7. The Police Role in Riots: Discourse or Reality
D. Wisler and M. Tackenberg

Notes on contributors
Bibliography
Index

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