Gated communities: a response to, or remedy for, anti-social behaviour?

Blandy Sarah

in Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346858
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302544 | DOI:
Gated communities: a response to, or remedy for, anti-social behaviour?

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This chapter examines the themes of devolved community governance and privatised security that occur across the housing tenures. It considers such residential developments as illustrating the move towards more contractual and formal forms of social control, which is to be achieved both through defensive walls and physical gating. The regulation of many aspects of the conduct of residents is shown to be another form of social control. The discussion also introduces the concept of gated communities, which seem to be driven by a response to crime and ASB. It is concluded that the tensions within and around gated communities are analogous to the tensions that exist in government housing and urban policies, in relation to ASB.

Keywords: community governance; privatised security; housing tenures; social control; gated communities

Chapter.  6207 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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