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By Daniel Ziegler, Marco Gerster, Steffen Krämer

This ebook explores the dynamics of over the top violence, utilizing a vast diversity of interdisciplinary case reviews. It highlights that over the top violence is dependent upon quite a few contingencies and isn't regularly the end result of rational choice making. The members additionally examine the discursive framing of acts of over the top violence.

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The emergence of police riots in these three cases will be discussed in this chapter. The first sections describe the theoretical background, sampling, data and methods. Next, five crucial interactions and their combinations for leading to police riots will be discussed: spatial incursions, police mismanagement, escalation signs, property damage and communication problems between protesters and police. Based on three cases of police riots, the paper will then discuss the specific temporal sequence in which these interactions can lead to a forward panic that triggers police riots.

I analysed a total of over 1,000 visual and document data. Visual data (still photographs and videos) allow mapping and studying interactions and emotions in time and space. To avoid potential bias introduced by observing a situation through the lens of a single observer, I used different visual data sources recorded by journalists, police, protesters and bystanders to observe the same situation from various angles. In addition, I complemented visual data by different types of document data for each point in time in a protest course: court data, police reports on the protest and police radio recordings, reconstructions from the protesters’ side (such as official statements by protest organisers) and media content.

We do not know how often rampage attacks are deterred by this kind of human face-to-face communication; and as yet we know little about what other micro-contingencies make calming face-to-face confrontations succeed or fail in aborting the attempt. It is an important next thing on the agenda for the micro-sociology of violence to find out. Since we are getting an increasing amount of data from CCTV, mobile phone cameras and other devices likely to appear in the future, it is something we will be able to learn.

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