Crime, Disorder and Symbolic Violence: Governing the Urban by M. Bowden

By M. Bowden

This well timed e-book offers a theoretical and empirical engagement with modern understandings of the governance of crime, security and safety. within the final 20 years, criminological narratives have complex a chain of propositions at the nature of the overdue sleek probability society. those narratives have established their observations basically upon tendencies within the middle, constructed societies. This e-book provides another viewpoint, exploring the nuances of the smaller scale and supplying a wealthy perception into the old and spatial specifics resulting in the emergence of social crime prevention as a sort of governing.

Using a Bourdieuian framework, Bowden indicates how options similar to capital, habitus and symbolic strength offers an analytic tool-kit for a severely engaged public criminology. This publication argues that crime prevention can mobilise one of those ethical curriculum and as such is a symbolic fight for the domination of the topic and the domination of territory. Revealing a counter-practice which has the facility to reinvigorate social citizenship, this booklet will attract students throughout Criminology, Sociology, Crime Prevention and group security.

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By extension, the modalities of ordering cities, towns and neighbourhoods through informal systems of communication in any educative process must also be an act of symbolic violence by virtue of the way in which these classify, categorize and communicate with those whose habitus needs to be formed or retrained or by which alternate illusio can be established. Efforts to inculcate the masses in order to generate or restore the symbolic universe in values or behaviour, or to ‘educate’ the masses in the formal and informal sense, is an exercise of symbolic violence.

In the 1990s, population and settlement trends were influenced, according to Drudy and MacLaran (1994), by a combination of the market and state intervention. On the market side, high land prices and returns to investors in the city centre encouraged developers to opt for higher-value uses such as offices as against lower-value uses such as housing. A combination of social and political factors combined to fuel a push-pull dynamic that resulted in population dispersal. These factors included the relocation of industries to the periphery; containerization of the port, which reduced the demand for labour in the central area; increasing car ownership; and the perception generated that the inner city was a bad socializing environment for families (Drudy and MacLaran, 1994, p.

Moreover, the empirical research in this book seeks to outline the struggles and parameters of such a field. The relevant field is inter-institutional and cross-sectoral in its scope. In Bourdieu’s theory, fields are ‘homologous’ in that the boundaries of each field are maintained by the distinct practices within. For Bourdieu, a structural homology existed between the French grandes écoles and the ruling class: securing access to leadership for the children of this class reproduces the class, but it also reproduces the structure itself as a ‘field of power’ (Wacquant, 1993c, p.

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