Understanding Crime Prevention: Social Control, Risk, and Late Modernity

By Gordon Hughes | Go to book overview

chapter four
Situational crime prevention: the pragmatics of crime control
Introduction
A Home Office 'administrative criminology'?
Clarke's definition of situational crime prevention
Lessons from the USA
Rational choice theory
'Some things work': the pragmatics of crime prevention
Critical appraisal
Explaining the hegemony of the situational crime prevention discourse
Summary
Further reading

Introduction

The next three chapters focus on three key, closely interrelated contemporary developments in both the thinking on and the practice of crime prevention in late modern societies. These are the situational, multi-agency and 'community' strategies of crime prevention. In this chapter I specifically examine the rise to prominence of situational crime prevention. In Chapter 5 the focus turns to multi-agency initiatives which combine both situational and social crime prevention measures. Chapter 6 then looks at appeals to community in crime prevention debates in the late twentieth century, focusing on both 'conservative' and 'radical' variants of the communitarian discourse on crime and social justice. I will examine each of these developments separately. However, it is vital to note that these divisions and separate headings are for the most part a heuristic device to help us think about these often closely interdependent strategies of crime

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