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Title: Situational crime prevention and its discontents: rational choice and harm reduction versus ‘Cultural Criminology’
Authors: Farrell, Graham
Keywords: Criminal justice
Situational crime prevention
Rational choice
Cultural criminology
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Loughborough University / Journal Compilation © Blackwell Publishing Ltd
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.
Abstract: 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.
Description: 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
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2009.00699.x
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5803
ISSN: 0144-5596
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)
Published Articles (Criminology)

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