“This book is a timely reminder of the long history of the criminalization of dissent and civil disobedience that from time to time gets buried under the mass of numbers and figures so loved by many criminologists. Here we get the real story of dissent as narrated by dissenters themselves and the effects of the criminalization process on the everyday lives of both their families and themselves.”
-Mike Presdee,author of Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime
“Civil disobedience is the voice of our consciences, the courage which mocks our fear of authority, the point where right defies rules. This book wisely and elegantly charts the methods and philosophy of dissent, it is a must read and a good read for anyone concerned with the injustices of our times.”
-Jock Young,author of The Vertigo of Late Modernity
“As a window into the contemporary American subculture of dissent, Crimes of Dissent is a fascinating read. The current American microcosm of dissent—which is at turns strange and familiar, idealistic and pragmatic, ludicrous and lucid—is revealed in full glory.”
“Crimes of Dissent will immediately engage students and activists alike. Using clear and concise first-person narratives, the book explains why and how people engage in civil disobedience and the ways that law enforcement responds. The reader stands to learn important concepts and ideas regarding political dissent, it’s long history, and the theory behind it.”
About the Author
Jarret S. Lovell is Associate Professor of Politics, Administration & Justice at California State University, Fullerton.