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Peter Squires

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347305

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347305.001.0001

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

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

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(p.219) Fourteen Community safety and young people: 21st-century homo sacer and the politics of injustice
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Community safety
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Dawn E. Stephen

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347305.003.0014

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

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