A State of force: the repressive policing of contention in Queensland under Frederic Urquhart

Bleakley, Paul ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2512-4072 (2018) A State of force: the repressive policing of contention in Queensland under Frederic Urquhart. Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest, 6 (2) . pp. 44-64. ISSN 2572-7184 (doi:10.3167/cont.2018.060204)

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Abstract

Australian history is littered with examples of situations in which police have engaged in the use of force—in some cases, disproportionate violence—to maintain order and stability. In addition to this effort to control the population and ensure social order, extreme use of force was a key factor in repressing civil dissent and preventing marginalized communities from exercising their voice within the social discourse. Former Queensland Police Commissioner Frederic Urquhart was at the forefront of several high-profile examples of police enforcing social control during his tenure with the Queensland police, including the punitive expeditions of the Native Mounted Police Force, the civil disorder of the 1912 general strike, and the chaos associated with the 1919 Red Flag riots. In developing an appreciation for Urquhart’s behavior and motivations, it can be seen that the Queensland police have always served as a body dedicated to ensuring conformity through any means necessary.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 27879
Notes on copyright: Copyright: © Contention 2018. This is a post–peer-review, precopyedited version of an article published in Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest. The definitive publisher-authenticated version "Bleakley, P. (2018). A State of Force. Contention 6, 2, 44-64" is available online at:https://doi.org/10.3167/cont.2018.060204
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Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2019 14:19
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 14:19
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27879

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