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Prevention without politics?: The cyclical progress of crime prevention in an Australian state

Cherney, Adrian & Sutton, Adam (2002) Prevention without politics?: The cyclical progress of crime prevention in an Australian state. Criminal Justice: International Journal of Policy and Practice, 2(3), pp. 325-344.

Abstract

The State of Victoria pioneered the late-modern 'rediscovery' of community-based crime prevention in Australia when it implemented a Good Neighbourhood Programme in 1988. Loosely based on France's so-called Bonnernaison scheme, Good Neighbourhood was the first of a succession of strategies. The article summarizes the history of crime prevention in Victoria from 1988 to the present, and documents the strengths and weaknesses of each programme implemented. It argues that crime prevention and community safety has been a chameleon movement, capable of accommodating itself to a wide range of political and administrative regimes. Academic criminologists should give greater recognition to the expressive and political dimensions of community safety and crime prevention. Assessments that focus purely on whether initiatives have worked in a technical sense, or that strive simply to locate crime prevention and community safety within broader theories about power and governance, fail to understand key aspects of the Victorian experience.

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ID Code: 9250
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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Keywords: Australia community safety, crime prevention
ISSN: 1748-8966
Subjects: 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 2002 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:42

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