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Social Landlords and the Regulation of Conduct in Urban Spaces in the United Kingdom

NCJ Number
Criminology and Criminal Justice Volume: 9 Issue: 4 Dated: November 2009 Pages: 415-435
John Flint; Hal Pawson
Date Published
November 2009
21 pages
This article examines the spatial dimensions of social landlords' attempts in the United Kingdom to influence behavior, and to map the range of technologies and measures utilized by social landlords on to particular urban spaces.
Social landlords in the United Kingdom have always been inherently involved in the conceptualization, construction, and regulation of urban spaces and the populations residing within them. The regulation of tenants has historically extended beyond prohibiting criminal activity; rather it has been concerned with morals, hygiene, work ethic, and civic participation. The contemporary role of social landlords is characterized by the use of new measures for influencing and controlling conduct and the intensification of the governance of urban spaces. Social landlords are undertaking the increasing surveillance and regulation of private spaces of domesticity, as well as expanding their regulation of public spaces through the use of antisocial behavior orders (ASBOs), Dispersal Orders, and enhanced policing activities. The result is social landlords contributing to the regulation of spaces such as schools and workplaces. This article seeks to demonstrate how social landlords in the United Kingdom are increasingly implicated in regimes of regulating conduct through the lens of the governance of urban spaces. Two spaces are identified: the property and its vicinity, and the wider neighborhood. Table, notes, and references


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