Situational crime prevention and its discontents: rational choice and harm reduction versus ‘Cultural Criminology’
journal contributionposted on 15.01.2010 by Graham Farrell
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In this journal, in 2007, Keith Hayward criticized situational crime prevention (SCP) and rational choice. The main thesis was that SCP cannot tackle expressive crimes of anger, hostility and excitement. The secondary thesis was that this was because the rational choice perspective cannot account for intangible aspects of offender decision-making. Hayward’s cultural criminology was offered as better explaining expressive and other crimes. The present article suggests fundamental issues may have been overlooked. Some of the many ways SCP applies to expressive and irrational crimes, and how readily they fit into the choice framework, are outlined, and a preliminary critique of Hayward’s cultural criminology is offered.
- Social Sciences
- Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies
- Midlands Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice