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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviourPerspectives, policy and practice$
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John Flint

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346858

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.001.0001

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Testing urban forms: city, control and ‘urban violence’ in France

Testing urban forms: city, control and ‘urban violence’ in France

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(p.280) (p.281) Fourteen Testing urban forms: city, control and ‘urban violence’ in France
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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour
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Ratouis Olivier

Boissonade Jérôme

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.003.0015

This chapter talks about the conceptions of urban violence and includes a detailed account of the portrayal, marginalisatio, and subsequent cultural responses of young, excluded people. It describes the responses to city housing policy, as well as the problematisation and objectification of the residents' behaviour of France's Priority Urban Development Zones (ZUPs). These ZUPs are determined to mirror similar processes with UK council housing states. The chapter further argues that cities in France are slowly being characterised by spaces of control that are subject to surveillance, rather than by public spaces that act as locations for urban interaction.

Keywords:   urban violence, excluded youth, cultural responses, city housing policy, Priority Urban Development Zones, France, council housing states, spaces of control

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