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Title: Policing the roads: traffic cops, 'boy racers' and anti-social behaviour
Authors: Lumsden, Karen
Keywords: Anti-social behaviour
Boy racers
Community policing
Traffic policing
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: LUMSDEN, K., 2012. Policing the roads: traffic cops, 'boy racers' and anti-social behaviour. Policing and Society, 23 (2), pp. 204-221.
Abstract: This article explores the policing and regulation of young motorists known in the United Kingdom as ‘boy racers’. It demonstrates how police officers' definitional decisions in relation to driving behaviours were influenced by a range of exogenous and endogenous factors, which subsequently shaped the landscape of enforcement and interactions with the community and drivers. A shift over time in the nature of the problem due to urban regeneration, innovations in the technology of the motor car and the availability of anti-social behaviour legislation impacted upon the policing of urban space. The strategies employed in order to police the culture and the related urban space were reminiscent of a deeper policing tradition wherein managing incivilities and local problems is part of the community policing perspective. Data is presented from semi-structured interviews with police, residents and ‘boy racers’, and ethnographic fieldwork with the drivers in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Policing and Society [© Taylor & Francis (Routledge)] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2012.696642
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2012.696642
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/11667
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2012.696642
ISBN: 1043-9463
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