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Designing-in Crime by Designing-Out the Social? Situational Crime Prevention and the intensification of harmful subjectivities

Raymen, T.W.

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T.W. Raymen



Abstract

Situational crime prevention and CPtED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) strategies have been broadly criticized within much of theoretical criminology. Most of these criticisms dismantle the notion of the fully rational criminal actor, questioning the shaky ground of classical criminology on which its claims are made. Through positioning hyper-regulated city centres as post-social, post-political ‘non-places’ of consumption, this article builds upon these critiques arguing that attempts to ‘design out crime’ create environments which are not only doomed to fail in their primary objective, but actively create environments which perpetuate and exacerbate the decline in symbolic efficiency and the narcissistic, competitive-individualist and asocial subjectivities which, as recent work from left-wing criminology consistently reveals, have the capacity to significantly contribute to forms of harm, crime and deviance.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 12, 2015
Publication Date Jul 20, 2015
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jul 20, 2017
Journal British Journal of Criminology
Print ISSN 0007-0955
Electronic ISSN 1464-3529
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azv069
Keywords Situational crime prevention, Urban space, Harm, Deviance.
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1404792

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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The version of record Thomas Raymen. Designing-In Crime by Designing-Out the Social? Situational Crime Prevention and the Intensification of Harmful Subjectivitiesy, first published online July 20 2015 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azv051





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