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Comparing the governance of safety in Europe: a geo-historical approach

Edwards, Adam and Hughes, Gordon (2005). Comparing the governance of safety in Europe: a geo-historical approach. Theoretical Criminology, 9(3) pp. 345–363.

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The concept of governance alerts us to the exercise of political authority beyond the nation state. In criminological thought governance has been associated with the preventive turn in crime control strategies in Europe that acknowledge the limits of criminal justice, invoke the direct participation of other statutory as well as commercial and voluntary sector actors and, in so doing, generate new objects and places of control signified by notions of 'safety' and 'security'. The corollary of this preventive turn is a geo-historical approach to comparative criminology that is capable of recognizing the diverse contexts that constitute new governable places and objects.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2005 SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1362-4806
Extra Information: This article is a revised version of a paper first presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Criminology, Vrije Universitiet, Amsterdam 25, 8 August 2004.
Keywords: comparative criminology; geo-history; governance; power-dependence; safety
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 18188
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2009 16:02
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:37
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