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The Securitization of SocietyCrime, Risk, and Social Order$
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Marc Schuilenburg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854219

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854219.001.0001

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Urban Intervention Teams

Urban Intervention Teams

(p.206) 8 Urban Intervention Teams
The Securitization of Society

Marc Schuilenburg

, George Hall
NYU Press

This chapter presents a case study on urban intervention teams. Intervention teams spring into action to deal with families if there are suspicions that things are going seriously wrong. It involves house visits along with a series of actions that must eventually lead to improvement in the living circumstances of households and whole neighborhoods. Depending on the nature and aims of a project, the parties involved will include municipal departments, housing associations, welfare organizations, the police, health-care institutions, labor-mediation organizations, debt-relief institutions, community workers, welfare benefit services, schools, and youth-care associations. Despite criticisms, the relevant literature suggests a relatively large degree of confidence that an integral approach will lead to the disappearance of the barriers between organizations, and to a better approach to the problem: so-called decompartmentalization. The underlying train of thought is that the participating parties will be inspired and motivated to collaborate more, which should lead to a more effective approach to security and livability. The chapter attempts to verify this claim by examining the power game currently playing out in the Social Investment Plan (SIP), a project team that tries to regulate livability and insecurity in Amsterdam neighborhoods, in conjunction with housing associations, relief workers, and welfare-benefit institutions.

Keywords:   urban intervention teams, security, Social Investment Plan, social welfare, Amsterdam, decompartmentalization

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