By David J. Evans, David T. Herbert, Nicholas R. Fyfe
A finished and up to date exam of a couple of key crime and policing concerns. Drawing on case fabric, the e-book examines the importance of spatial styles of crime and the tactics which produce them.
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Extra resources for Crime, Policing and Place: Essays in Environmental Criminology
The key words in Lea and Young’s approach to the causes of crime are subculture, relative deprivation and marginalization. The explanation, therefore, includes macro and micro aspects. The social geographer would comment that Lea and Young’s statements on the causes of crime are not area specific and that offender rates in socially similar areas can be different due to specific geographical influences such as the labelling of the area by its external caretakers, the housing allocation policies of the local authority which may reflect such labelling and the detailed variation in attitudes between socially similar areas.
For the crime of robbery information from the British Crime Surveys with regard to the social class of victims is sparse. The main characteristics of robbery victims which are given are the age and sex of the victims (Hough and Mayhew 1983: 17; Walmsley 1986: 35). These surveys also suggest that inner city residents are more at risk from this offence (Hough and Mayhew 1983: 17; Walmsley 1986: 38). The second British Crime Survey (Hough and Mayhew 1985: 73) specify three types of areas as having high rates of robbery and snatch theft, these being those described earlier as having high rates of burglary.
The focus of left idealism was upon the crimes of the powerful, the effects of which may be more pervasive but which are nevertheless more invisible and less evident to the public. Such an emphasis by left idealists meant that left idealism was concerned with theory at the macro-scale, whereas left realism studies crime from both the macro and micro perspectives. This means that left realism is more comprehensive and that it has a greater empirical content (see Young 1987: 337). Left realism has also rediscovered the victims of crime and placed the emphasis upon the victims and their experiences and fears rather than placing the emphasis upon the offenders and their roles as ‘victims’.
Crime, Policing and Place: Essays in Environmental Criminology by David J. Evans, David T. Herbert, Nicholas R. Fyfe