Drawing on case studies from around the world, contributors to this ground-breaking book explore a major contemporary paradox: on the one hand, young people today are at the forefront of political campaigns promoting social rights and ethical ideas that challenge authoritarian orders and elite privileges. On the other hand, too many governments, some claiming to be committed to liberal-democratic values, social inclusion and youth participation are engaged in repressing political activities that contest the status quo.

Contributors to this book explore how, especially since 9/11, governments, state agencies and other traditional power holders around the globe have reacted to political dissent authored by young people. While the ‘need’ to enhance ‘youth political participation’ is promoted, the cases in this book document how states are using everything from surveillance, summary offences, expulsion from universities, ‘gag laws’ and ‘antiterrorism’ legislation, and even imprisonment to repress certain forms of young people’s political activism. These responses diminish the public sphere and create civic spaces hostile to political participation by any citizen.

This book forms part of The Criminalization of Political Dissent series. It documents and interprets the many ways contemporary governments and agencies now routinely use various techniques to repress and criminalise political dissent.

part I|30 pages

Dissent and democratic practice

chapter 1|14 pages

Governing youth politics in the age of surveillance

Edited ByJudith Bessant, Maria T. Grasso

chapter 2|14 pages

Theorising student protest, liberalism and the problem of legitimacy

Edited ByRob Watts

part II|60 pages

Youthful protest and repressive law

chapter 3|15 pages

Panic works

The ‘Gag Law’ and the unruly youth in Spain
Edited ByKerman Calvo, Martín Portos

chapter 4|14 pages

Controlling dissent through security in contemporary Spain

Edited ByLaura María Fernández de Mosteyrín, Pedro Limón López

chapter 5|15 pages

‘Proxy repression’?

The causes behind the change of protest control repertoire by the Université du Québec à Montréal during the 2015 student strike
Edited ByLuc Chicoine

chapter 6|14 pages

Governing, monitoring and regulating youth protest in contemporary Britain

Edited BySarah Pickard

part III|47 pages

Antiterror legislation and the youthful other

chapter 7|15 pages

Surveillance of young Muslims and counterterrorism in Kenya

Edited ByFathima Azmiya Badurdeen

chapter 8|15 pages

On becoming ‘radicalised’

Pre-emptive surveillance and intervention to save the young Muslim in the UK
Edited ByVicki Coppock, Surinder Guru, Tony Stanley

chapter 9|15 pages

Active citizenship and governmentality

The politics and resistance of young Muslims in the security state
Edited ByAnisa Mustafa

part IV|84 pages

Resisting and creating new public spheres

chapter 10|13 pages

What future for young people’s artistic activism?

Edited ByJane McDonnell

chapter 11|14 pages

Effects of the regime in Malaysia on youth political participation

Edited ByNorhafiza Mohd Hed

chapter 12|15 pages

Russian politics of radicalisation and surveillance

Edited ByAnna Schwenck

chapter 14|14 pages

Surveillance and the student

Government policing of young women’s politics
Edited ByParomita Sen

chapter 15|15 pages

Electoral engineering and surveillance

British young people and politics
Edited ByMatt Henn, Ben Oldfield, Judith Bessant