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Banished: the new social control in urban America

Banished: the new social control in urban America

Beckett, Katherine, 1964-; Herbert, Steven Kelly, 1959-

With urban poverty rising, the homeless and other 'disorderly' people continue to occupy public space in many American cities. Drawing upon an extensive body of data, the authors chart the rise of banishment in Seattle, a city on the leading edge of this trend, to establish how it works and explore its ramifications. With urban poverty rising and affordable housing disappearing, the homeless and other "disorderly" people continue to occupy public space in many American cities. Concerned about the alleged ill effects their presence inflicts on property values and public safety, many cities have wholeheartedly embraced "zero-tolerance" or "broken window" policing efforts to clear the streets of unwanted people. Through an almost completely unnoticed set of practices, these people are banned from occupying certain spaces. Once zoned out, they are subject to arrest if they return-effectively banished from public places. Banished is the first exploration of these new tactics that dramatically enhance the power of the police to monitor and arrest thousands of city dwellers. Drawing upon an extensive body of data, the authors chart the rise of banishment in Seattle, a city on the leading edge of this emerging trend, to establish how it works and explore its ramifications. They demonstrate that, although the practice allows police and public officials to appear responsive to concerns about urban disorder, it is a highly questionable policy: it is expensive, does not reduce crime, and does not address the underlying conditions that generate urban poverty. Moreover, interviews with the banished themselves reveal that exclusion makes their lives and their path to self-sufficiency immeasurably more difficult. At a time when more and more cities and governments in the U.S. and Europe resort to the criminal justice system to solve complex social problems, Banished provides a vital and timely challenge to exclusionary strategies that diminish the life circumstances and rights of those it targets

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Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, c2010

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Statement of responsibility: Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert
ISBN: 0199889570, 9780199889570
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: vi, 207 p. : ill., maps
Series: Studies in crime and public policy
Subject: Poverty & unemployment; Society; Marginality, Social Washington (State) Seattle.; Causes & prevention of crime; Seattle (Wash.) Social policy.; Civics & citizenship; United States of America, USA; Criminal justice law; Rural planning; Housing & homelessness; Urban communities; Society & culture: general
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Studies in crime and public policy.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780195395174