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NCJ Number: 220627 Find in a Library
Title: Calamity or Catalyst: Futures for Community in Twenty-First-Century Crime Prevention
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:47  Issue:5  Dated:September 2007  Pages:711-727
Author(s): W. G. Carson
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 17
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines the promise and potential problems that arise when neighborhoods with diverse populations attempt to organize and develop policies and practices for crime prevention.
Abstract: When neighborhoods consist of individuals and families of different races/ethnicities, countries of origin, and cultural conditioning, efforts to organize the neighborhood for crime prevention carry the risk of having dominant homogeneous groups intensify the marginalization and exclusion of minorities in the neighborhood, who are viewed as the sources of antisocial and criminal behaviors. This can be avoided if those providing the leadership in community organizing adopt democratic principles of inclusion and respect for those different from oneself. This will result in efforts to include all neighborhood residents in the analysis of what the neighborhood needs in order to reduce levels of antisocial and criminal behaviors that may derive from community social and economic conditions. This can then result in cooperative action by community members committed to changing neighborhood conditions that may cause or aggravate criminal behaviors while creating a social environment that fosters the positive behaviors of cooperation, respect, and caring for all who live in the neighborhood. 52 references
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Community conflict; Community involvement; Community relations; Community resources; Community support; Ethnic groups; Foreign crime prevention; Race relations; Racial discrimination
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