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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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Toward a Political Economy of the Social Control of Dissent

Toward a Political Economy of the Social Control of Dissent

(p.49) 3 Toward a Political Economy of the Social Control of Dissent
Shutting Down the Streets

Amory Starr

Luis Fernandez

Christian Scholl

NYU Press

This chapter examines the political economy of social control. It follows the traces of dramatic civil repression in the national economies, as well as in the state institutions of social control. Over the past decade, the cost of policing transnational protest has skyrocketed. While preparing for a summit, local and national law enforcement engage in extensive planning, training, and construction projects. A public contemptuous of dissent and dissenters is easily made fearful of them and is willing to pay for “protection” (although whether security expenditures indeed protect citizenship is questionable). Security for each protest costs governments millions, placing a contentious burden on the city or region hosting the meeting.

Keywords:   social control, civil repression, national economies, state institutions, transnational protest, security expenditures

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