Policing Protest: The Control of Mass Demonstrations in by Donatella Della Porta, Herbert Reiter

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8. lessen (1995, 30) recalls that a partial militarization of the police was the price to be paid for the retreat of the military from the arena of social conflicts. 9. "The police are news," writes Nigel Fielding (1991,17). 10. For an analysis of the escalation of confrontations during the student movement of the sixties in West Germany, see Sack, 1984. 11. This point is also made by Marx (1972, 85). On escalation and unforeseen consequences of police intervention, see also Monet (1990). 12. Max Weber defined "specialized knowledge" as the knowledge acquired via a specific education, and "service knowledge" as the knowledge—available only to the functionaries—of the concrete events necessary to control the administration ([1922] 1974, 735).

POLICING, PROTEST, AND DISORDER IN BRITAIN 37 Public Order Policing 1829-1985: A Historical U-Turn The Demand for Order and the Creation of the Police Particular stages in the creation of the modern British police were more marked by concern about the policing of protest and disorder than others. But there can be little doubt that the process as a whole was a consequence of what has been described as a growing "demand for order in civil society" (Silver, 1967). Historians have debated the extent to which the perception of contemporary commentators that there was a rapid rise of criminality in the growing cities of industrializing Britain in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries was accurate, or an example of the "respectable fears" about declining morality that can be found in all periods, especially periods of rapid change (Gatrell and Hadden, 1972; Pearson, 1983).

On this point, see also Winter in this volume. 15. Even in totalitarian states, the police depended on the acquiescence and collaboration of the population. The sheer numerical relationship between the police, especially the political branch, and the population would have made any kind of policing based on pure coercion impossible. The Gestapo, for instance, was not ever-present, and if it seemed to be allknowing, this resulted from the propagation of a myth and was based on large-scale cooperation or collaboration.

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