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Lecture 7

WEEK 7 Lec 12 Thurs Feb 28 -- Protests, Crowds.docx

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University of Guelph
SOC 3750
Michelle Dumas

WEEK 7 Lec Thurs Feb 28 . Policing Protest Movements, Crowds & Hooligans G20 (Toronto) – “special powers” - Identifying - Searching w/o warrant of person AND vehicle - Use of force - Arrests - Failure to comply o If don't comply could be arrested o Provincial offence punishable by max 100$ fine or 2 months prison - Controversy o Mainly b/c they did not report these powers to the public Crowd Psychology - Gustave Le Bon (1895) o Anonymity makes them leave their identity and therefore capable of doing things they normally wouldn’t do, get caught up in emotions of the crowd so behave abnormally  Collective unconscious or group mind – mob mentality  Instigators who rile ppl up  Crowd – bad can easily lead the mad o Problems w his theorizing  Gives perception crowd inherently irrational  Perception crowds are uniformly dangerous Framing – News - Rosie & Gorringe (2009) o G20 London o Way framed important for public approval or disapproval - Protestors (dangerous & criminal) o Police will see them same way – will react accordingly - Presence of reporters o Police less likely to engage in behaviours considered misconduct o More open to others also recording/filming - Toronto G20 Flashpoints Model (Waddington et al) - Some incidents fail to ignite but some explode into riots etc, explain what causes crowd behaviour to explode - Riots in England & Wales the focus - Flashpoint to riot 1) Structural – bulls eye move from outer to inner rings, sensation of being powerless and not being part of a society, can be compounded by presence of compounding repressive legislation 2) Political/ Ideological – how institutions react to the demands of those who feel powerless (the protesting groups), influenced by those who have political power & are creating legislation 1 WEEK 7 Lec Thurs Feb 28 . 3) Cultural – deals w contrasting ways of life and though groups develop on basis of shared material conditions, shape their social structure, subcultures, define what they believe to be how the fit into their society into that structure, can inform their attitudes towards violence and how to remedy what they feel is an injustice, order ma break down if outsiders try and remedy the situation 4) Contextual – communication lead to event, can make it more or less conducive to order, factors exist for this group, could be dialogue b/w 2 parties trying to reach agreement, if no dialogue prior to protest police resort to intelligence gathering and surveillance 5) Situational – the setting of the protest, certain physical properties of the location make it more or less ideal, if can’t leave leads to disorder, react negatively to power, single incidents called flas
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