Accessible and compelling, this book explores the legislative developments, policy changes and practical strategies that have been put in place in recent years in an attempt to manage the level of crime in our society. The book assesses how governments’ approaches to serious crime, the war on terror, human rights and race and immigration policies have influenced ideas about community safety and crime prevention. It offers a handy glossary, along with suggestions for further reading, in order to enhance understanding of critical issues.

Introduction

Introduction

Much previous work on crime prevention has remained quite narrowly focused and limited to a discussion of the prevention and management of those crimes which are perceived to affect ‘ordinary people’ going about their daily business, addressing what Shaftoe (2004) has termed ‘locational crimes’ and ignoring or marginalising those crimes which appear more removed from our everyday lives. This book however, following from the work of such authors as Crawford, Gilling and Hughes, is concerned with the political nature of crime prevention, subjecting its normative frameworks to critical attention. It contends that crime prevention practices cannot be understood when divorced from the political contexts and ideological frameworks and theories which create and sustain them. To this end the following chapters subject crime prevention policies ...

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