This talk will be of interest to students of criminology, criminal justice and other areas of the Social Sciences like police studies and politics. It will examine the nature of protest and the way in which the police and state respond to activities associated with the term. Protest will be explored within the context of the perceived decline in public engagement with recent general election contests. It is often thought that protest is regarded as an alternative to, or as a replacement for, formal political engagement with electoral politics, and this talk will include assessment of the place of protest in the contemporary politics.
Analysis of key forms of protest that have taken place within the UK since 1945 will be provided.