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Discourse - city - crime

Urban (in) certainties from the perspective of urban research and critical criminal geography
Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2005
ISBN 9783899424089
Paperback, 324 pages, EUR 27.80


Edited by Georg Glasze, Robert Pütz and Manfred Rolfes. (In) security has become a megatrend in urban development worldwide. The public and private sectors establish new security policies: surveillance and control techniques, urban changes, formalization of social control. However, this cannot be explained with increasing crime. The contributions from urban research and critical criminal geography show that the differentiations between safe and unsafe places are the result of social and discursive constructions and reveal strategies and mechanisms for the construction of (in) security. This enables new perspectives on the connection between (in) security and the city.

Review note on Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 20, 2006

Gerd Roellecke is not really convinced of this volume about crime prevention in urban areas. He takes a critical look at the self-understanding of criminology on which this volume is based, according to which criminology serves the state and not the truth - a view that, in his opinion, gnaws at the right to exist of criminology. In Roellecke's view, in order to remain science, it must rather criticize the order of the state. Roellecke explains how preventing crime is a sensitive issue. The US-based measures for local crime prevention, municipal crime prevention and the theory of "broken window panes" discussed in the volume are viewed with great skepticism. At least one can learn from the book "which advantages and disadvantages both methods have". The ideology criticism is so crude that "the risk of falling for it is not great."
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