Community and the Problem of Crime (Hardback)
  • Community and the Problem of Crime (Hardback)

Community and the Problem of Crime (Hardback)

Hardback 198 Pages / Published: 06/07/2015
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The relationship between crime and community has a long history in criminological thought, from the early notion of the criminogenic community developed by the Chicago sociologists through to various crime prevention models in research and policy. This book offers a useful theoretical overview of key approaches to the subject of crime and community and considers the ways in which these have been applied in more practical settings.

Written by an expert in the field and drawing on a range of international case studies from Europe, North America, Australia and Asia, this book explores both why and how crime and community have been linked and the implications of their relationship within criminology and crime prevention policy. Topics covered in the book include:

the different crime prevention paradigms which have been utilised in the 'fight against crime',

the turn to community in crime prevention policy, which took place during the 1980s in the UK and US and its subsequent development,

the particular theoretical and ideological underpinnings to crime prevention work in and with different communities,

the significance and impact of fear of crime on crime prevention policy,

different institutional responses to working with community in crime prevention and community safety,

the ways in which the experience of the UK and US have been translated into the European context,

a comparison between traditional Western responses to the growing interest in restorative and community-based approaches in other regions.

This book offers essential reading for students taking courses on crime and community, crime prevention and community safety, and community corrections.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415748551
Number of pages: 198
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm


'Karen Evans's latest book, Community and the Problem of Crime, represents an excellent analytical and empirically-grounded guide to this highly contested and massively important area of social scientific inquiry. This challenging yet accessible monograph will become an invaluable "must-have" text for students of sociological criminology in particular. Evans makes significant contribution to our cumulative sociological knowledge of the crime-community "nexus".' - Gordon Hughes, Chair in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK

'The concept "community" is much used and abused in studies of crime, disorder and crime prevention. The language of community is frequently deployed as cause, location, symptom and solution for all manner of social problems. Fortunately, at last there is a book which brings a splendid, constructively critical, perspective to bear on this many-faceted phenomenon, even engaging with the diverse and contrary tendencies of real communities - marginalisation, stigmatisation, privatisation, securitisation and militarisation - as they reshape the social contexts through which we move/in which we live. A refreshing and original read.' Peter Squires, Professor of Criminology & Public Policy, University of Brighton, UK

'This terrific book provides an exploration of the paradoxes and contradictions of "community" as these relate to crime and social justice. It demonstrates how community is seen to be both a source of social problems and the solution to it, and how it is strategically applied in ways that incorporate and/or marginalise specific population groups. Providing a theoretically informed analysis of concrete cases, trends and issues, the book makes a wonderful contribution to critical appraisals of the dynamics of contemporary society. A vital resource.' - Rob White, Professor of Criminology, University of Tasmania, Australia

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