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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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Is urban regeneration criminogenic?

Is urban regeneration criminogenic?

(p.57) Four Is urban regeneration criminogenic?
Securing an urban renaissance

Lynn Hancock

Policy Press

This chapter examines some of the taken-for-granted assumptions in the relationship between urban regeneration and crime and disorder reduction, and opens them up to critical scrutiny. It takes a critical look at urban policy and evaluates whether urban regeneration is criminogenic. Drawing on empirical work in Merseyside, England, the chapter argues that regeneration has, rather than leading to social inclusion, contributed to the criminalisation and exclusion of neighbourhoods and residents touched by these programmes.

Keywords:   urban regeneration, crime reduction, disorder reduction, urban policy, criminogenic, Merseyside, England, social inclusion, criminalisation, neighbourhoods

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