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Reinventing Prevention: Why Did 'Crime Prevention' Develop So Late?


Pat O'Malley


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Steven Hutchinson


Carleton University

2007

British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 437-454, 2007
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/82

Abstract:     
While crime prevention is taken to exemplify governance in the 'risk society', it may represent a retarded example of risk-based urban security. Crime prevention was unaffected by risk-based prevention characteristic of much 19th century government of this domain. The development of risk-based fire prevention, by contrast, was substantially in place at the turn of the 20th century, promoted by the convergence of insurance and other interests in securing property. Rather than seeing crime prevention as exemplifying the move toward the 'risk society' thesis, it may be better understood as a case where neo-liberal governance and insurance technologies transformed a domain of governance that had been unusually resistant to risk-based approaches.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 39

Keywords: risk, crime prevention, security, fire, insurance

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K3

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Date posted: September 14, 2009  

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O'Malley, Pat and Hutchinson, Steven, Reinventing Prevention: Why Did 'Crime Prevention' Develop So Late? (2007). British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 437-454, 2007; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/82. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1471712

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Pat O'Malley (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Steven Hutchinson
Carleton University ( email )
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Canada
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