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Crime and Social Exclusion. Broadening Perspectives in Social Policy

  • ID: 2250873
  • Book
  • April 1998
  • 184 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Via a mutual concern with social exclusion, the agendas of criminology and social policy have begun to overlap far more in recent years. The two fields have always shared a common concern with class, and more recently with race and gender, but remained rigorously differentiated until crime prevention moved higher on political and academic agendas in the 1980s. This collection of papers explores aspects of social exclusion and the measures taken to reduce its impact from the perspective of both disciplines.

The contributors write mainly, though not exclusively, from a British perspective. However the issues raised are of broader relevance to North America, Europe and elsewhere.

Criminology in Britain has recently been examining the way in which political initiatives designed to contain and exclude dispossessed populations (seen to constitute major crime risks) have permeated all areas of criminal justice policy. In America this has led to an increased emphasis on the rhetoric of retribution, and the "management" of criminal classes, shifting away from earlier emphasis on "rehabilitating" individual offenders. Critics of this development increasingly recognize that more practical answers to crime involve not more penal repression but social policies designed to integrate and include the dispossessed, especially the young. It is in this connection that the experience of Singapore offers a different sort of warning.

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1. Editorial Introduction: Catherine Jones Finer and Mike Nellis.

2. Creating a Safer Society: David Donnison.

3. Linking Housing Changes to Crime: Alan Murie.

4. The Local Politics of Inclusion: the State and Community Safety: John Pitts and Tim Hope.

5. Dangerous Futures: Social Exclusion and Youth Work in Late Modernity: Alan France and Paul Wiles.

6. Anti–racism and the Limits of Equal Opportunities Policies in the Criminal Justice System: David Denney.

7. Probation and Social Exclusion: David Smith and John Stewart.

8. Criminal Policy and the Eliminative Ideal: Andrew Rutherford.

9. Framing the Other: Criminality, Social Exclusion and Social Engineering in Developing Singapore: John Clammer.

10. The New Social Policy in Britain: Catherine Jones Finer.

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Catherine Jones–Finer
Mike Nellis
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