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* How can criminological, sociological and historical perspectives illuminate the elusive concept of crime prevention?

* Are we witnessing a new governance of crime control?

* What are the futures of crime prevention in late modernity?

This book offers a comprehensive overview of current and historical debates about crime prevention in particular and social control more generally. It moves beyond the traditional boundaries of criminology and offers an original re-framing of the field of crime prevention based on a synthesis of exciting new thinking in social theory. In particular, recent theorising around late modernity, risk society, communitarianism and globalization are put forward as important ways of linking trends in crime prevention to wider social transformations.

This innovative text looks at the contested history of crime prevention in the modern era and considers present and future trends in social control in late modernity. Hughes focuses on the question of the "managerialization" of crime prevention in recent decades, the extent to which crime control may become dominated by privatized security and insurance against risks, and the attractions and pitfalls of informal community-based approaches. Understanding Crime Prevention will be essential reading for students and researchers in the field as well as many professional and lay people interested in crime prevention and community safety.

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Aiming beyond the paradigm of technicist evaluation towards a sociology of risk management rather than crime prevention for the postmodern era, Hughes (social policy, the Open U., UK) maps the terrain of crime prevention and examines various schools of criminology on the deterrent presence of the modern state: classical theory, positivist, administrative (with lessons from the UK and US), communitarianism, and three models for late modernity: fortress cities like Los Angeles, high trust societies like Japan, and safer cities through greater local control. Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335199402
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Series: Crime and Justice Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Hughes is a lecturer in Social Policy at the Open University. He has taught Sociology, Criminology and Social Policy at undergraduate and postgraduate level for over twenty years. He has researched and written widely in the fields of multi-agency crime prevention, social welfare, regulation and accountability of public services and communitarianism. His recent publications include Imagining Welfare Futures (1998) which he edited and Unsettling Welfare (1998), which he co-edited with Gail Lewis.

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Table of Contents

Series editor's foreword
Mapping the terrain of crime prevention
Classicism and the deterrent presences of the modern state
Positivism and the cure of 'criminal man'
Situational crime prevention the pragmatics of crime control
Multi-agency partnerships managing corporate crime prevention
Communitarianism bringing 'the social' back into crime prevention?
The futures of crime control in late modernity
Postscript beyond crime prevention?

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