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Protest blues: public opinion on the policing of protest in South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-10 en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-10T14:22:08Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-10T14:22:08Z
dc.date.issued 2018-01-10 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/11468
dc.description.abstract The policing response to rising protest action in the country has received increased attention in the last decade. This is particularly owing to concerns over confrontations during which protesters have been arrested, injured and in some instances killed by the police. Despite the criticism voiced by various stakeholders about the manner in which the police manage crowd gatherings, relatively little is known about the views of South African adults on the policing of protest action and the factors that shape such attitudes. To provide some insight, this article draws on data from a specialised module on protest-related attitudes and behaviour that was fielded as part of the 2016 round of the Human Sciences Research Council's South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) series. This nationally representative survey included specific questions probing the public's overall evaluation of the performance of the police in dealing with protests, and the justifiability of the use of force in policing protest action. The article will present a national picture of people's views on the policing of protest, based on these measures, and then determine the extent to which there are distinct underlying socio-demographic cleavages in these data. A combination of bivariate and multivariate analysis is undertaken in order to understand how perceptions of effectiveness, acceptability and reported participation in protest (especially disruptive and violent actions) shape people's views regarding policing of protest. The article concludes with a discussion that reflects on the implications of the research for the policing of protest action in future, given the appreciable rise in the incidence of protest since the mid-2000s and the mounting tensions between state institutions and communities over the political, moral and constitutional arguments for and against such actions. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (SASAS) en
dc.subject PUBLIC OPINION en
dc.subject PROTEST en
dc.subject SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICES en
dc.title Protest blues: public opinion on the policing of protest in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber TAAMAA en
dc.Volume 62 en
dc.BudgetYear 2017/18 en
dc.ResearchGroup Service Delivery, Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle SA Crime Quarterly en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10160 en
dc.PageNumber 63-80 en
dc.outputnumber 9091 en
dc.bibliographictitle Roberts, B.J., Bohler-Muller, N., Struwig, J., Gordon, S.L., Mchunu, N., Mtyingizane, S. & Runciman, C. (2017) Protest blues: public opinion on the policing of protest in South Africa. <i>SA Crime Quarterly</i>. 62:63-80. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Roberts, B.J. en
dc.contributor.author2 Bohler-Muller, N. en
dc.contributor.author3 Struwig, J. en
dc.contributor.author4 Gordon, S.L. en
dc.contributor.author5 Mchunu, N. en
dc.contributor.author6 Mtyingizane, S. en
dc.contributor.author7 Runciman, C. en


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