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Order born of chaos? The capacity for informal social control in disempowered and 'disorganised' neighbourhoods


Atkinson, R and Flint, JJ, Order born of chaos? The capacity for informal social control in disempowered and 'disorganised' neighbourhoods, Policy and Politics, 32, (3) pp. 333-350. ISSN 0305-5736 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1332/0305573041223690


Policy discourse and interventions relating to disorder perceive a lack of organisational capacity to deal with these problems in high-crime and deprived areas. This article draws on research looking at the relative propensities to deal with disorder within deprived and affluent neighbourhoods. We find that deprived areas may be characterised as chaotic and disorganised but also that residents in these areas appear more likely to intervene in acts of disorder. Nevertheless, residents in all neighbourhoods did not want to engage directly with local crime problems. This challenges current policy with its aim of empowering communities to deal with crime, and appears to burden rather than empower residents.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Atkinson, R (Associate Professor Rowland Atkinson)
ID Code:35171
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2012-09-24

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