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.
Chatper 4: Shifting the Control Culture
As we have seen in the previous chapters, as New Labour's approach to the prevention of crime rolled out it became increasingly top-down and managerial in its emphasis. The early promises to combat the effects of social exclusion using community expertise and commitment coexisted with a clear agenda to enforce a particular way of reading and dealing with the problem of crime. The criminal justice net was widened, its mesh thinned and, to stretch Cohen's anology to breaking point, the boat was steered towards previously unfished waters adding the ‘new problem’ (Hughes 2007) of anti-social behaviour to the governmental lexicon.1 As their second term of office from June 2001 began to unfold the government's fervour in this area ...