Community, Crime and Disorder: Safety and Regeneration in by L. Hancock

By L. Hancock

This ebook fills a few gaps within the 'community and crime' literature, makes vital theoretical contributions, and relies on unique learn. Questions explored contain: How do adjustments within the city atmosphere influence upon neighborhood (high crime) groups? How do adjustments in housing provision and intake impression crime patterning? Can present group defense and concrete regulations tackle the desires of excessive crime, combined tenure, inner-city parts? and the way do group teams reply to neighbourhood switch, crime and affliction?

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In so doing, the geographical and temporal limits of toleration became more evident (though the topic deserves more detailed exploration). Second, observation techniques were employed with community beat officers in Edgebank and with a team of officers during the early stages of an initiative to address disorder in the town centre, according to shift patterns. Further interviews with police officers took place in their stations, usually during the working day, most community group members were interviewed in their homes, and most organization-based representatives were interviewed in their respective workplaces.

The decision to glean data in this way was justified early in the study, on appreciating the considerable demands that the current urban policy frameworks place on community groups. Urban policy partnerships need to involve local community groups in their activities, not only for information and to secure legitimacy, but because it is often a condition of funding bodies. In a context where local organizations depend upon volunteers, and most in this study did, the demands upon them are considerable.

In a context where local organizations depend upon volunteers, and most in this study did, the demands upon them are considerable. Consequently, the ability to work with them on a day-to-day basis is limited – it is too intrusive. This represented a notable change in the urban environment over the five or so years since the author had last carried out ethnographic work in the region. In response to a concern that some of the processes detected in Earleschurch and Edgebank may be exceptional, observations and interviews were conducted with community groups in areas where: • the housing was controlled by the local council and the area was undergoing or had undergone improvement (in some cases funded by non-local-government sources); 30 Community, Crime and Disorder • regeneration project(s) were present at that time or had been operating in the vicinity over recent years; • community groups were, or had been, concerned with crime and/or disorder and/or other neighbourhood problems.

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