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Securing an urban renaissanceCrime, community, and British urban policy$
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Rowland Atkinson and Gesa Helms

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348159

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348159.001.0001

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(p.1) One Introduction
Securing an urban renaissance

Rowland Atkinson

Gesa Helms

Policy Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the role of crime, community, and urban policy in urban renaissance in Great Britain. The book discusses the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of the urban renaissance and crime and disorder agendas, and their growing intersection. It also examines in detail existing and emerging political agendas and policies, and explores in depth different aspects of the role of communities within the emergent crime and renewal agenda. One of the author's core contentions in the book is that criminal-justice and policing systems have extended their remit and relevance to urban policy and regeneration initiatives through a process of ‘governing through crime’.

Keywords:   urban renaissance, Great Britain, crime, community, urban policy, criminal justice, policing systems

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