Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 251–270

The Impacts of State Surveillance on Political Assembly and Association: A Socio-Legal Analysis

  • Amory Starr
  • Luis A. Fernandez
  • Randall Amster
  • Lesley J. Wood
  • Manuel J. Caro

DOI: 10.1007/s11133-008-9107-z

Cite this article as:
Starr, A., Fernandez, L.A., Amster, R. et al. Qual Sociol (2008) 31: 251. doi:10.1007/s11133-008-9107-z


Based on group interviews conducted in 2006 that included 71 social justice organizations, this paper analyzes the impact of surveillance on the exercise of assembly and association rights. We link these protected legal activities with analytic frameworks from social movements scholarship in order to further a socio-legal conception of political violence against social movements.


Social movements Surveillance Repression Assembly Association Political violence First Amendment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amory Starr
    • 1
  • Luis A. Fernandez
    • 2
  • Randall Amster
    • 3
  • Lesley J. Wood
    • 4
  • Manuel J. Caro
    • 5
  1. 1.Los AngelesUSA
  2. 2.NAU Department of Criminology and Criminal JusticeNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA
  3. 3.Peace Studies and Social ThoughtPrescott CollegePrescottUSA
  4. 4.Department of SociologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  5. 5.Centro Norteamericano de Estudios InterculturalesSevillaSpain