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About Lesley J. Wood

Lesley J. Wood is Professor of Sociology at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing (2014) and Direct Action, Deliberation and Diffusion (2012) and co-author of the third edition of Social Movements 1768-2012. She is an activist in the global justice and anti-poverty movements.

Articles by Lesley J. Wood

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Granadas aturdidoras y Robocops: ¿Cómo podemos confiar en que la policía proteja nuestras protestas?

¿Cuál es la lógica detrás de una vigilancia policial de protesta cada vez más militarizada? ¿Cuáles son los costes de esta estrategia? ¿Y de qué manera está creciendo la resistencia a la vigilancia agresiva? English

Rubber ball grenades and Robocops: can we trust the police to protect our protests?

What is the logic behind increasingly militarised protest policing? What are the costs of this strategy? And in what ways is resistance to aggressive policing growing?

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