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Preventing Crowd Violence

Tamara D. Madensen and Johannes Knutsson, editors
Preventing Crowd Violence
ISBN: 978-1-58826-753-5
2011/243 pages/LC: 2010029732
Crime Prevention Studies, Volume 26

"An important contribution to the literature on crowd violence and ways to police it.... Very well worth reading."—Justin Kurland, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

"A comprehensive, well contextualized, and important contribution to the issue of policing of crowd violence."—James Hoggett, International Criminal Justice Review

"Excellent.... There simply aren't other books on crowd control as good as this."—David Bayley, University of Albany


From jubilant sports fans celebrating a victory to angry political protestors, crowds create volatile situations that can all too often result in violence or property destruction. Preventing Crowd Violence offers a lucid examination of crowd behavior and of law enforcement tactics designed to deescalate tensions and promote cooperative interactions.


Tamara D. Madensen is assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Johannes Knutsson is professor of police research at the Norwegian Police University College.


  • Foreword—Ingelin Killengreen.
  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • From Crisis to Opportunity: New Crowd Psychology and Public Order Policing Principles—S. Reicher.
  • Crowd Dynamics and Public Order Policing—C. Stott.
  • Initiation and Escalation of Collective Violence: An Observational Study—O.M.J. Adang.
  • Police Use of Active and Passive Mitigation Strategies at Crowd Events—I. Hylander and K. Granström.
  • Policing the British G8 Protests: A Contextualized Analysis—D.P. Waddington.
  • Crowd-Related Crime: An Environmental Criminological Perspective—T.D. Madensen and J.E. Eck.
  • The Police and Major Event Planning: A Case Study in Las Vegas, Nevada—W.H. Sousa and T.D. Madensen.
  • Trick or Treat? Policing Halloween in Madison, Wisconsin—J.B. Plant and M.S. Scott.
  • Dialogue Policing: A Means for Less Crowd Violence?—S. Holgersson and J. Knutsson.