Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Police Force, Legal-Rational Authority, and State Violence
Okay, one more entry I've posted over at Sociology In Focus uses Max Weber's element of legal-rational authority to dissect the pepper spraying that happened at the University of California, Davis back in November 2011, as well as the London uprisings around the same time. Actually the entry is more focused on the legal-rational authority granted to police forces in these cases -- how their authority contributes to and excuses their perpetration of physical violence.
Link to the story: Social Movements and State Violence. Videos for analysis over there...