Policing Urban Poverty

Policing Urban Poverty

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Policing Urban Poverty provides a comprehensive and wide-ranging analysis of the policy implications of social problems for the welfare state in general and the police service in particular, through an examination of the relationship between discourses on urban poverty, crime and disorder in Britain and America. Drawing on extensive empirical evidence, the book adds to the sociological and historical analyses of these issues by considering their practical relevance at different times and in different places for police policy-makers. Throughout history the police have been charged with the difficult task of peace-keeping and crime-fighting in poor communities, with potentially calamitous consequences when things go wrong. Senior police officers have argued that successive governments have not provided adequate support and guidance to assist them in their attempts to be tough on crime and its causes.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 280 pages
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • 0230509266
  • 9780230509269

About Chris Crowther

CHRIS CROWTHER is Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Human Sciences at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, where he has worked since 1997. He formerly taught criminal justice studies at the Scarman Centre for the Study of Public Order, University of Leicester. In addition to a continuing interest in policing, he is currently researching crime, social divisions and community development in southern England.show more

Table of contents

Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction Historical Perspectives on Poverty and Crime Debating Poverty and Crime in the US: From Moynihan to Murray Poverty and Crime in the UK From Theory to Practice The Policy Process in Modern Society Policing and the Power of Public Debate Policing Poor Communities The Changing Nature of Crime and the Workless Society Conclusion Appendix Bibliography Indexshow more