What is it about?

This article examines the rise of police kettling as a public order policing tactic in recent years. On the one hand, this article looks to trace the conditions for its emergence, noting that a logic of containment stands in stark contrast to the logic of dispersal that has ordinarily governed public order policing. On the other hand, this article seeks to examine the why kettling is effective and, by extension, the political implications of its use for human rights and freedom of speech in Western states.

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Why is it important?

Kettling is now a prominent and widespread tactic of public order policing that has been the subject of public controversy and legal challenges. This is the first sustained study of the tactic.

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This page is a summary of: Capturing protest in urban environments: The ‘police kettle’ as a territorial strategy, Environment and Planning D Society and Space, April 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0263775819841912.
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