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A Letter from Australia: Doing Crime Prevention Research: A Personal Reflection

Cherney, Adrian (2005) A Letter from Australia: Doing Crime Prevention Research: A Personal Reflection. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal, 7(1), pp. 53-62.

Abstract

It is important for criminologists conscious of aware of the challenges policy makers and practitioners face in translating official policy statements and theories of crime prevention into working practices, empathetic to the crisis they face. Doing so does not diminish ones objectivity, but can actually enhance comprehension of the contingent nuances of crime prevention policy and practice. The work of C. Wright Mills’ provides a framework for attaining such insights. In a similar vain the "what works" paradigm needs to pay far greater attention to the inherently contingent nature of crime prevention, with the delivery of programs and strategies far harder than assumed. The weakness of the position is that it ignores the "enabling conditions" that need to exist to ensure "best practice" is followed in practice. The examination of these issues are grounded in the authors own experience and observations of conducting research on crime prevention in the Australian state of Victoria from the late 1990s to early 2000.

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ID Code: 9249
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: adrian.cherney@qut.edu.au
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ISSN: 1743-4629
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Palgrave Macmillan
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 17:43

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