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Title: The public order policing of community-based events
Author: Pike, Francis
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis offers an exploratory investigation of public order policing in the context of events that are staged for members of different types of communities. The research utilises a qualitative case study methodology that combines observational fieldwork conducted during the planning and staging of four events with the interviewing of 27 participants involved in this process. Relative to other public order contexts (e.g. political protest, industrial disputes, community disorder), academic research on the type of • community-based' events that formed the basis of the field research is lacking. The presented empirical findings reveal that a number of micro, meso and macro factors impacted on the prospects for safety and order at the observed events. An evaluation of existing public order related analytic accounts highlight both opportunities and limitations in explaining these factors. In response, an analytic framework is developed which employs Pierre Bourdieu's concepts of the habitus and the field. This reveals that the prospects for safety and order are enhanced when the police and organisers are engaged in close working practices which increase trust, cohesive decisionmaking, communication and consistency. The resulting policy implications are intended as 'good practice' guidance for both the police and organisers in relation to planning and staging community-based events, and identifying potential 'beyond the event' benefits. Although this thesis is exploratory and care is required in making generalisations, future research could determine whether the presented analytic framework and the policy implications are applicable to other public order contexts.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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