Adding social contexts to developmental analyses of crime prevention

Jacqueline J. Goodnow*

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To link analyses of contexts with analyses of developmental change, this chapter takes as a starting point ways of describing social contexts. Two are given particular attention: one in terms of available routes/ opportunities/options, the other in terms of activities/routines/ practices. Each of these two approaches to contexts may be aligned with some particular descriptions of continuity or change. Each prompts also some particular proposals for forms of intervention or prevention. Considered more briefly are specifications of contexts in terms of ideologies or values, and in terms of a general quality: homogeneity/heterogeneity. The aim throughout is integrative: reducing the array of current positions by bringing together a variety of descriptions of context, in ways that use similar dimensions for the specification of descriptions of development and that suggest particular steps towards bringing about change.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPathways and crime prevention
Subtitle of host publicationtheory, policy and practice
EditorsAlan France, Ross Homel
Place of PublicationCullompton, Devon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781843926481, 9781134019397
ISBN (Print)9781843922025
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    Goodnow, J. J. (2007). Adding social contexts to developmental analyses of crime prevention. In A. France, & R. Homel (Eds.), Pathways and crime prevention: theory, policy and practice (pp. 51-66). Cullompton, Devon: Taylor & Francis.