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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 constructions -- Introducing pursuits, 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 answer -- a case learn -- listening to from the avid gamers -- useful feedback for community-based projects

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Protest crowds assemble because members are convinced that there is either something wrong with the status quo or there is a potential change in the works that they find untenable—in either case there is something to protest. They may not agree about what exactly that ‘something’ is but they are in sufficient agreement to be at the same place at the same time. Frequently, this something that is wrong is framed as an injustice (Klandermans, 1997; Sopow, 2003) invoking values derived from moral consciousness (Jasper, 1997).

Protest crowds assemble because members are convinced that there is either something wrong with the status quo or there is a potential change in the works that they find untenable—in either case there is something to protest. They may not agree about what exactly that ‘something’ is but they are in sufficient agreement to be at the same place at the same time. Frequently, this something that is wrong is framed as an injustice (Klandermans, 1997; Sopow, 2003) invoking values derived from moral consciousness (Jasper, 1997).

In that era in which Freudian stereotypes abounded, the use of ‘woman’ in relation to a crowd as collective, made it something to be controlled and manipulated—not in the contemporary sense of crowd control from the outside but rather controlled through emotional language of solidarity. Hitler deliberately presented himself as a strong figure who would woo the crowds with his authoritative rhetoric. Continuing in the German context, a half century later, crowds played a crucial role in bringing down the Communist regime of East Germany.

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