Disturbing the peace

Peace &Change, Volume 48, Issue 3, Page 205-222, July 2023.


This paper analyzes how the US state deploys the concept of “peace” against protesters in the use of legal charges related to “disturbing the peace” and other related infractions. Taking the US 2020 Racial Justice Uprisings as a case study, I argue that underneath the criminalization of protest under the auspices of “keeping the peace” is a central facet of state-backed epistemic violence.

This was originally published on Wiley: Peace & Change: Table of Contents.