Academic journal article The Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement

Academic journal article The Journal of Hip Hop Studies

Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement

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Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement. Edited by Anthony J. Nocella II and David Gabbard. New York, N.Y.: Peter Lang, 2013. Pp. vii, 223. Paperback $39.95

In fourteen chapters there is solid evidence of there being increased policing and surveillance on college and university campuses in California, Indiana, Virginia, Illinois and across the nation.

Some of the documented evidence shows the policing of campuses to the point of arrests, tasers, and pepper spray. This evidence also shows the increase in the use of surveillance cameras along with campus-wide alert systems that also can be used for surveillance.

Jason Del Gandio, one of the article researchers, wrote, "...it is obvious that student protets are commonly met with police repression. More times than not, school administrations authorize such repression" (p. 6).

First, the photo on the cover of the book gives a clear indication that police and law enforcement are pretty much the bad guys, the terrorists, in these case studies and articles. The photo is of a police officer pepper spraying some students who are sitting on the sidewalk. The photo also shows how any and everybody with a camera these days can capture what is happening. There are four cell phones and tablets and three cameras visibly capturing the event.

Also, the book's dedication sets the tone for the body of work. In part it says, "This book is for all of those who demand a free democratic critical inclusive education for social justice, void of guns, police, security, and surveillance. …

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