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Peter Squires

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347305

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347305.001.0001

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Community safety and social exclusion

Community safety and social exclusion

(p.201) Thirteen Community safety and social exclusion
Community safety

Lynn Hancock

Policy Press

This chapter reviews the direction that ‘community safety’ and ‘social inclusion’ has taken since the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act and the Social Exclusion Unit's recommendation that a National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal be developed the same year. It considers the assumptions underpinning, and the tensions and contradictions that have emerged between, ‘community safety’ and ‘social inclusion’ strategies and approaches. It argues that there has been a reconfiguration of inequalities in cities, which has profound implications for victimisation, criminalisation, and criminality. It notes that the most marginal sections of working-class communities are bearing the brunt of these changes.

Keywords:   community safety, social inclusion, Crime and Disorder Act, Social Exclusion Unit, working-class communities, strategies, inequalities, victimisation, criminalisation, criminality

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