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Shutting Down the StreetsPolitical Violence and Social Control in the Global Era$
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Amory Starr, Luis A. Fernandez, and Christian Scholl

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740996

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740996.001.0001

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What Is Going On?

What Is Going On?

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Shutting Down the Streets

Amory Starr

Luis Fernandez

Christian Scholl

NYU Press

This introductory chapter illustrates the social control of dissent in an era of democracy and globalization. This is the era of “alterglobalization”—the multilingual term that refers to the diverse yet synchronous solidarity movements that not only oppose globalization in its current form but also propose alternatives, or alter globalizations, to it. Global, preemptive, and violent social control demarcates dissent as criminal, despite the fact that the prevailing democracies are not supposed to criminalize dissent. Thus, this chapter centers the analysis within subtler forms of a larger system of social control and among those who would be dissenters. In this vein, the remainder of this chapter provides a review of social control and dissent as they have been conceptualized and studied previously, and outlines the conceptual and methodological bases of this study.

Keywords:   social control, dissent, democracy, globalization, alterglobalization, solidarity movements

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