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Situational crime prevention and its discontents: rational choice and harm reduction versus ‘Cultural Criminology’

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posted on 15.01.2010 by Graham Farrell
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.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Research Unit

  • Midlands Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Citation

FARRELL, G., 2010. Situational crime prevention and its discontents: rational choice and harm reduction versus ‘Cultural Criminology.’ Social Policy and Administration, 44 (1), pp.40-66.

Publisher

© Loughborough University / Journal Compilation © Blackwell Publishing Ltd

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2010

Notes

This article was published in the journal, Social Policy and Administration, and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2009.00699.x

ISSN

0144-5596

Language

en

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