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Crimes of Dissent: Civil Disobedience, Criminal Justice, and the Politics of Conscience
     

Crimes of Dissent: Civil Disobedience, Criminal Justice, and the Politics of Conscience

by Jarret S. Lovell
 

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ISBN-10: 0814752276

ISBN-13: 9780814752272

Pub. Date: 07/01/2009

Publisher: New York University Press

From animal rights to anti-war, from tax resistance to free trade, activists from across the political spectrum often deliberately break the law to further their causes. While not behaviors common to hardened or self-seeking criminals, the staging of civil disobedience, non-violent resistance, and direct action can nevertheless trigger a harsh response from law

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From animal rights to anti-war, from tax resistance to free trade, activists from across the political spectrum often deliberately break the law to further their causes. While not behaviors common to hardened or self-seeking criminals, the staging of civil disobedience, non-violent resistance, and direct action can nevertheless trigger a harsh response from law enforcement, with those arrested risking jail time and criminal records. Crimes of Dissent features the voices of these activists, presenting a fascinating insider's look at the motivations, costs, and consequences of deliberately violating the law as a strategy of social change.

Crimes of Dissent provides readers with an in-depth understanding of why activists break the law, and what happens to them when they do. Using dynamic examples, both historic and recent, Jarret Lovell explores how seasoned protesters are handled and treated by the criminal justice system, shedding light on the intersection between the political and the criminal. By adopting the unique vantage of the street-level activist, Crimes of Dissent provides a fascinating view of protest from the ground, giving voice to those who refuse to remain silent by risking punishment for their political actions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814752272
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
Alternative Criminology Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Crime and Dissent 1

2 Society and Its Discontents 31

3 Dissent as "Pure" Crime 65

4 Policing Dissent 103

5 Working the System 139

6 The Impact of Dissent 175

Appendix: Activist Profiles 207

Notes 215

Index 231

About the Author 239

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