The Local Governance of Crime: Appeals to Community and Partnerships

Paperback | August 15, 1999

byAdam Crawford

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The book considers recent trends in the local governance of crime. It examines the growing appeal to `community' and `partnerships' in criminal justice policy and the involvement of actual communities and partnerships in criminal justice practices. The book makes sense of ongoingtransformations in the relations between the state, market, and civil society in the governance of crime and personal safety. It draws upon the findings of two empirical research projects, conducted by the author, in the fields of community-based crime prevention and local victim-offender andcommunity mediation. The overall aim of the book is to answer, both theoretically and empirically, a number of interrelated questions, namely: How do we make sense of appeals to `community' and `partnerships' in criminal justice policy? What are the implications of actual involvement of`communities' and the establishment of inter-organizational `partnerships' in crime control initiatives? Is crime control an appropriate vehicle around which to (re)organize communities? Finally, if so, what sort of communities are we generating through such a focus?

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The book considers recent trends in the local governance of crime. It examines the growing appeal to `community' and `partnerships' in criminal justice policy and the involvement of actual communities and partnerships in criminal justice practices. The book makes sense of ongoingtransformations in the relations between the state, marke...

Adam Crawford is professor of criminology and criminal justice studies at the University of Leeds. He is also Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198298455

ISBN - 13:9780198298458

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Genesis of the Partnership Approach and Appeals to Community in Crime Control3. The Shifting Social and Political Context: Questions of Legitimacy and Responsibility4. Partnerships, Conflicts, and Power Relations5. The Contestable Nature of Community6. Fragmentation of the State?7. Questions of Accountability8. Local or Social Justice?9. Towards Conclusions

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`an important and well-written book.'Daniel Gilling in Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal