Riots and Public Disorder: Law Enforcement, Policy and Civil Society

Overview

Riots thrive on excitement. Rioters, according to conventional wisdom, throw rocks and bottles because it offers a thrilling alternative to the mundane routine of everyday life. Journalists portray rioting as an extreme public spectacle, a theatre of violence and mayhem that in its turn whips up heightened emotions in their readers. Politicians, by injecting panic into the popular imagination, add a strong dose of fear and confusion to the mix. In this book, John Owen explores the key factors that lie at the ...

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Overview

Riots thrive on excitement. Rioters, according to conventional wisdom, throw rocks and bottles because it offers a thrilling alternative to the mundane routine of everyday life. Journalists portray rioting as an extreme public spectacle, a theatre of violence and mayhem that in its turn whips up heightened emotions in their readers. Politicians, by injecting panic into the popular imagination, add a strong dose of fear and confusion to the mix. In this book, John Owen explores the key factors that lie at the heart of rioting; the causes of riots, the group dynamic before and during the event, crowd morality and behaviour, contributory patterns in media reporting and the influence of different policing strategies. He argues that what sits beneath the veneer of public hysteria is a set of complex relationships and behavioral processes that are central to understanding riots and public disorder.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848852754
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/30/2015
  • Series: Library of Crime and Criminology Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 1.11 (w) x 1.11 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

John Owen is Research Fellow in the School of Social Work and Human Services and Honorary Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Queensland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Riot and Public Order
• Riotous Collective Action
• Assemblage, Crowd Formation and the Law
• Reporting Riot
• Enforcing Public Order
• Public Disorder and Civil Society
• Riot Prevention and Engaging Community

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