Governing Crime in the Countryside

Kevin Stenson, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University Coll

Post Foucaultian theory in criminology, developed by Garland, O'Malley and others has focussed on general trends in the governing of crime and criminals in the advanced liberal democracies, with a particular emphasis on governing beyond the state in a range of sites of governance and through sophisticated technologies of risk assessment and management. However, recent theory in this field, including that developed by this author, has tried to go beyond the grand narratives by focussing more on local differences through the undertaking of empirical research on the interaction of formal and informal sites governance. This paper explores some of these theoretical issues by reference to attempts by state and related agencies to control crime and foster community development in a socially divided rural community in southern England, in which informal patterns of governance and 'risk management' compete strongly with official strategies and tactics.

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