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Urban space and the social control of incivilities: perceptions of space influencing the regulationof anti-social behaviour

Persak, N and Di Ronco, A (2017) 'Urban space and the social control of incivilities: perceptions of space influencing the regulationof anti-social behaviour.' Crime, Law and Social Change. ISSN 0925-4994

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Abstract

Contemporary cities are increasingly governed through space. In this article,we examine how urban space and perceptions thereof can influence the social control inthe area of incivilities. To this end, we first inspect the existing literature, in particularthe socio-spatial studies that emphasise the importance of culture and values in theinteraction with social control. Partly drawing on examples from our previous studies,we suggest that people’s perceptions of urban space (influenced by cultural symbols,social and media representations, aesthetics and other values) affect their perceptions ofincivilities, while the latter often determine or at least importantly contribute to theshaping of the social control of incivilities. We further highlight the role of gentrifica-tion as a medium and a tool of social control. The paper concludes by discussingimplications of this for the possible future, more integrated and interdisciplinaryresearch on the social control of incivilities in the city.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: incivility, regulation, perceptions, urban space, gentrification, social control
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 15:48
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2018 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20652

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