By Luis Alberto Fernandez
In November 1999, fifty-thousand anti-globalization activists converged on Seattle to close down the realm exchange Organization's Ministerial assembly. utilizing leading edge and network-based techniques, the protesters left police flummoxed, desperately trying to find how you can keep an eye on the crowds in Seattle and the rising anti-corporate globalization circulate. confronted with those network-based strategies, legislations enforcement enterprises remodeled their policing and social regulate mechanisms to regulate this new probability. In Policing Dissent, sociologist Luis A. Fernandez offers a firsthand account of the altering nature of keep an eye on efforts hired by way of neighborhood, nation, and federal legislation enforcement firms while faced with mass activism. in keeping with ethnographic learn, and utilizing an incisive, state-of-the-art theoretical framework, Fernandez maps using felony, actual, and mental ways. Policing Dissent additionally bargains readers the richness of experiential element and fascinating tales frequently missing in stories of police practices and social hobbies. This publication doesn't in basic terms search to provide an explanation for the causal courting among repression and mobilization. quite, it exhibits how social keep an eye on techniques act at the brain and physique of protesters.
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With investment comes efficiency and profit, or so the theory goes. According to Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph Stiglitz (2002), the theory beneath globalization is the concept of comparative advantage, which posits that the liberalization of global trade will encourage investment capital to flow to areas where labor and resources are cheap. In this utopian vision, all nations benefit (eventually) from the lifting of barriers because the “invisible hand” guides the market toward efficiency.
For instance, my insights on the production of fear came not from the literature but from moments of terror while police surrounded and fired upon many of my friends. My analysis deals with how control operates, presenting empirical accounts of what activists currently experience as they seek to make social change. Nevertheless, a word of caution is in order. As I documented the state’s exercise of control, I intentionally left out much of the resistance exercised by anti-globalization activists.
An Ove rview of Social Cont rol According to Thomas Blomberg and Stanley Cohen (2003), theories of social control originate in classical political and social theory. Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and John Locke, for instance, focus on the emergence of the liberal democratic state. Each grapples with how governments rule (or control) their citizens while protecting their natural rights and liberties. They link social control to the rise of the state and citizenship as well as the state’s ability to administer appropriate force to ensure social order.