Community safety and young people: 21st-century <i>homo sacer</i> and the politics of injustice

Dawn E. Stephen

in Community safety

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347305
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301950 | DOI:
Community safety and young people: 21st-century homo sacer and the politics of injustice

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This chapter explores the impact of the now dominant aspect of community safety policy: the management of ‘antisocial behaviour’ through ‘early interventions’. It firmly sets the tone for this critical exegesis of community safety and young people's place therein. It argues that instead of objective judgement, justice, and inclusion, community safety has become a tool of partiality and exclusion through ‘precautionary injustice’ techniques that increasingly demonise, and consequentially deny justice to, children and young people. It notes that as Goldson observes insightfully, the ideologies and domain assumptions that underpin ‘risk’ based early interventions are both intrinsically authoritarian and antithetical to long established principles of youth justice.

Keywords: community safety; antisocial behaviour; early interventions; inclusion; exclusion; precautionary injustice; Goldson

Chapter.  7740 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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