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Urban renaissance and the contested legality of begging in Scotland

Joe Hermer and David MacGregor

in Securing an urban renaissance

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348159
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303329 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348159.003.0013
Urban renaissance and the contested legality of begging in Scotland

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This chapter analyses the campaign to re-criminalise begging by City of Edinburgh officials in the late 1990s and the response of the then Scottish Office. It examines how anti-begging ordinances reduce the homeless to the status of bare life and provides a paradigmatic example of anti-begging legislation, the Ontario Safe Streets Act. The chapter discusses the difficulties of Edinburgh officials in drafting an offence, the reasons advanced against the case of making begging illegal again, and the implications of legalised begging for urban renaissance.

Keywords: begging; Edinburgh; Scottish Office; anti-begging ordinances; homeless; Safe Street Acts; urban renaissance

Chapter.  5198 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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