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Pacifying Disruptive Subjects: Police violence and anti-fracking protests

Jackson, WH and Monk, H and Gilmore, J (2016) Pacifying Disruptive Subjects: Police violence and anti-fracking protests. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 3 (2). ISSN 2330-1392

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Abstract

This article considers the policing of protests against “fracking” at Barton Moss, Salford, Greater Manchester between November 2013 and April 2014. The article seeks to make sense of the policing response to the protest camp established at the Barton Moss site and to consider what the policing of anti-fracking protests reveals about state responses to resistance in the current era. The article begins by sketching out the background to fracking in the UK and to the specific protest at Barton Moss. It then provides some detail about the nature of policing experienced at the camp during its five month operation before considering how the policing of anti-fracking protests – and protest policing more generally – need to be considered in relation to the general function of police . To do this we draw upon the concept of pacification to consider both the destructive and productive effects of the exercise of police power and suggest that this concept, and the reorientation of critical policing studies that it demands, are essential for understanding police and state violence in the contemporary liberal democracy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Punctum Books
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2016 15:08
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1465

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