By Vern Neufeld Redekop
What's at stake? -- Introducing protest crowds -- feelings: the gasoline of violence -- Introducing police -- The violence of 'otherness': scapegoating and hegemonic buildings -- Introducing objectives, bystanders, and media -- Reciprocal violence -- Mutual blessing -- in the direction of a mutual recognize paradigm of protester -- police dynamics -- Protest crowds and police within the context of democracy -- 'Getting the discussion started': crowd administration and clash solution -- a case examine -- listening to from the gamers -- functional feedback for community-based tasks
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Some scholars suggest that one of the conditions needed for people to engage in protest is that there is reason to believe that they will be effective INTRODUCING PROTEST CROWDS 19 in changing a given situation (Rucht, 1999; Sopow, 2003). 4 First, the very act of protest gives voice to an inner sense that things are not right. It allows for the speaking of protesters’ perception of the truth—their beliefs and knowledge shaped by their values. This gives the protester a sense of agency; it is one way to start taking action to change what is problematic.
28 BEYOND CONTROL Types of Crowds Analytical Spectra Orderly Peaceful Planned Cohesive Chaotic Non Violent Direct Action Violent Spontaneous Fractured These spectra help to analyze a particular crowd at a particular time. The same crowd might be at different ends of the spectrum regarding the different polarities. For example, it may be orderly, yet violent, gathered for protest in a well-planned manner and very cohesive. Another crowd could be the opposite—chaotic, yet peaceful; spontaneous, yet cohesive.
What drives many of these protesters is a passion to care for the earth and all its people and living species. Among the protesters may be a range of types of moral consciousness in that both their awareness of what is happening and the interconnections may be structured differently. Interestingly, when we look back in history from the perspective of types of moral consciousness it becomes clear that Jasper’s third type of moral consciousness was already evident in 1787 when a group of 12 men assembled in London to organize a protest movement against slavery and the slave trade.