'What is refreshing about Beyond Control is the vision for the kind of society in which protestors and police recognize their mutual humanity as well as how both are needed for a democratic society to function well. ' From the Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu How can large protest crowds be better and more respectfully managed by police? This topical book applies the principles of community-based conflict resolution to the policing of large crowds, suggesting a completely new approach that moves away from the discourse of rabble-rousing mobs towards negotiated management, and a paradigm of mutual respect for protesters as principled dissenters and for police as non-repressive agents of public order. Both are needed, the authors argue, in order for democracy to flourish.
Vern Neufeld Redekop is Associate Professor of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul University, Canada. He is the former President of the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution and the author of From Violence to Blessing: How an Understanding of Deep-Rooted Conflict Can Open Paths to Reconciliation (2002). The late Shirley Pare was Senior Trainer at the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution and was a Retired Officer of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Contents: Foreword, Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Introduction; PART I: Protest Crowd - Police Dynamics: What is at Stake?; Introducing Protest Crowds; Emotions: the Fuel of Violence; Introducing Police; The Violence of 'Otherness': Scapegoating and Hegemonic Structures; Introducing Targets, Bystanders, and Media; Reciprocal Violence; Mutual Blessing; Towards a New Paradigm of Protester - Police Dynamics; Protest Crowds and Police in the Context of Democracy. PART II: The Mutual Respect Approach in Practice: 'Getting the Dialogue Started'; Crowd Management and Conflict resolution - a Case Study; Hearing from the Players; Practical Suggestions for Community-Based Initiatives. Bibliography; Index.