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CRIM 3655 - NOVEMBER 5TH LECTURE NOTES

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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 3654
Professor
James Sheptycki
Semester
Fall

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CRIM 3655 – FALL LECTURE NOTES th November 5 , 2013 Lecture - 2009 protests in iran after belief of electoral fraud - What does ‘policing the crisis’ really mean? - Police legitimation crisis is the consequence - policing crisis will intensify and normalize … and the underlying problems will also intensify David Waddington’s Flashpoint Model - opinion is divided about the utility of this model - there are people who are highly critical of it - david Waddington is a left-wing academic – thoughts on policing of public order is hinged on his working class roots o must look at who’s side the theory is being generated from - much of the theory so far is coming from inside the police point of view - flashpoint model is useful because it gives a structured way of approaching the analysis of any given police-public disorder event o series of concentric rings going from the general structural to the specific interactional - reason some people don’t like it is because they think these layers of analysis aren’t neatly and wholly mutually exclusive - it’s not always clear-cut where the difference between contextual and situational factors are concerned o this lack of clarity mutual-exclusivity means the model is too loose - structural = class position – power, access to power, and powerlessness o patterns of political impotence o asks us to think about social positioning of dissent, class, structural exclusions, etc - Political-ideological = elite political framing of issues, how senior politicians and media frame ideologically the causes of dissent and conflict - Cultural = systems of meaning amongst dissenters, protestors, groups in conflict o How do they explain to themselves what is happening o Should include police subcultural understanding  Cultural meaning will be interpreted differently depending on the situation - Contextual = factors specific to an occasion of policing and public disorder – spatial factors (where is disorder happening), temporal factors (what time of the day) o With G20 protests, one of the factual determinants specific to occasion was the fence, the big barrier that was built (a temporary fixture to separate the good guys from the bad guys) o Fixed factors – you can’t predict them cause they are in the situation - Situational = the situation – the interaction in the moment between the police and public – the qualities of interaction o On the police side – their qualitative disposition – are they happy? Or they angry? All of
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