Non-lethal Weapons as Legitimizing Forces?: Technology, Politics, and the Management of Conflict

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 286 pages
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Whether in international military interventions or routine policing activities the use of force raises a host of questions about appropriateness, necessity and proportionality. Recently attention has focused on the possibility of so-called non-lethal weapons to provide greater legitimacy to the use of force by minimizing injury.
 

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Contents

Assessing Effects
91
Examining Major Deployments
122
The Prospects for Prohibitions
148
CS Sprays in Britain
175
Gauging Electroshock Weapons
202
Humanitarian Interventions Humanitarian Tools?
228
Conclusions and Recommendations
251
Select Bibliography
277
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BRIAN RAPPERT is an Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Public Affairs in the Department of Sociology & Philosophy at the University of Exeter, UK. His long term interest has been the examination of how choices can and are made about the regulation of technologies in conditions of uncertainty and disagreement.

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