1st Edition

Direct Action and Democratic Politics

Edited By Robert Benewick, Trevor Smith Copyright 1972
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

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    First published in 1972. Militant protest is not new to British politics, but the widespread recourse to direct action, in Britain and abroad, is unprecedented. This book was the first comprehensive examination of contemporary protest in the British context. The contributors represented leading agencies of protest as well as those academics who had made this phenomenon their special concern. The result is a unique blend of direct experience and objective reflection.

    The first part of the volume covers the theoretical and historical dimensions of protest, and is followed by a detailed consideration of specific issues (Ulster, race, the Bomb, students and community action). An analysis is then made of the reaction of the State to such protest through legislative and administrative channels. The final part shows the intermediary roles of political parties, MPs, the NCCL and the mass media. The book concludes with a critical examination of the interaction between protest and representative democracy and the implications which arise from it.

    Students of politics and sociology as well as political activists of all shades of opinion will find this book essential to an understanding of the bases of protest movements.

    Introduction Robert BenewickPart One: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives;  1. Pattern of Protest in English History V. G. Kiernan  2. The Threshold of Violence Robert Benewick  3. Liberal Rationality and Political Violence Bhikhu Parekh  4. Three Languages of Change: Democracy, Technology and Direct Action Elizabeth Vallance  5. The Study of Violence Robin Jenkins  6. Law and Order in Comparative Perspective Robert Mast;  Part Two: Contemporary Studies;  7. The Second Ulster Crisis Robert Baxter  8. Race Relations in British Politics Hannan Rose  9. Black Consciousness Alexander Kirby  10. From Civil Disobedience to Confrontation Peter Cadogan  11. Remember Your Humanity and Forget the Rest George Clark  12. Direct Action and the Springbok Tours Peter Hain  13. Universities and Violence Brian MacarthurPart Three: The Boundaries of Action;  14. Policy-Making David G. T. Williams  15. The Use and Control of the Police Peter Moodie  16. Political Parties and Members of Parliament Gavin Drewry  17. The Role of the National Council for Civil Liberties Tony Smythe  18. Direct Action, Democratic Participation and the Media Nicholas Garnham  19. Protest and Democracy Trevor Smith;  Index


    Editors: Robert Benewick and Trevor Smith