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Making the PeacePublic Order and Public Security in Modern Britain$
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Charles Townshend

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229780.001.0001

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Losing the Trick

Losing the Trick

(p.191) 9 Losing the Trick
Making the Peace

Charles Townshend

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the hegemony in public order measures in England. It suggests that the deployment of the concept of public order presents several clear examples of the hegemonic process. This chapter contends that the government reaction to the sudden and unexpected intensification of disorder in the 1980s has taken both explicit and covert forms and that the 1986 Public Order Act represents an attempt to counter the degradation of domestic peace by making more explicit the basic mechanics of tolerance and self-restraint on which the British way has been assumed to depend.

Keywords:   public order, hegemony, England, Public Order Act, tolerance, self-restraint, British way

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