Community-based crime control has become one of the principal policy responses to crime and disorder across western societies, and is regarded now as one of the keys to successful crime prevention and reduction. The aim of this book is to bring together findings from case studies of community-based crime control in England as a means of examining the prospects for this approach, its evolving relationship with criminal justice and social policies, and to assess the lessons internationally that can be drawn from this in the theory, research methods, politics and practice of crime control.
At the same time the book advances an important new conceptual framework for understanding community-based crime control, focusing on an understanding of the diversity of control and preventative strategies, the locally particular conditions in which they are conducted, and the degree of choices open to local political actors involved in their conduct. Understanding diversity in this way is central to drawing lessons about the transferability of crime control theory and practice from one social context to another, avoiding the naÃ¯ve emulation of practices in different contexts.
'An excellent and coherent collection of essays … should be essential reading for third year undergraduate students wrestling with these issues.' -Alan Marlow, Community Safety Journal
Introduction: community-based crime control in retrospect and prospects by Adam Edwards and Gordon Hughes 1. Plotting the rise of community safety: critical reflections on research, theory and politics by Gordon Hughes 2. 'Same bed, different dreams': postmodern reflections on crime prevention and community safety by Eugene McLaughlin 3. The rediscovery of learning by Nick Tilley 4. People pieces: the neglected but essential elements of community crime prevention by Janet Foster 5. Power, politics and partnerships: the state of crime prevention on Merseyside by Roy Coleman, Joe Sim and Dave Whyte 6. Community safety in England by Kevin Stenson 7. Deficits of power and simulations of control: local crime control strategies in London by Simon Hallsworth 8. The strategic dilemmas of community-based crime control: learning from diversity in the East Midlands by Adam Edwards Conclusion: drawing lessons about community-based crime control and safety politics by Adam Edwards, Gordon Hughes and Henry Shaftoe