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

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chapter six
Communitarianism: bringing 'the social' back into crime prevention?
Introduction
The seductions of community
Basic tenets of communitarianism
Conservative moral communitarianism
Etzioni on morality, crime and community
Moral communitarian appeals in the UK
New Labour, communitarianism and 'zero tolerance'
Critiques of moral authoritarian communitarianism
Radical left communitarian re-imaginings of the community-
crime nexus
Social welfare, justice and the common good
The left realist programme
A radical twist on responsibility?
Restorative justice and Yeintegrative shaming': excavating the future
from the past?
Critical appraisal of the radical left politics of community-based
crime prevention
Summary
Further reading

Introduction

In the previous chapter I focused on the 'growth industry' around multiagency crime prevention. In the course of the discussion reference was also made to appeals to 'the community' but largely in terms of state-driven and state-managed strategies. In this chapter competing contemporary communitarian theories of crime prevention are explored in depth. The chapter begins with an overview of the meanings of community in popular, political

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