Policing Communal Spaces: A reconfiguration of the Mass Private Property Hypothesis

Michael Kempa, Philip C Stenning, Jennifer Wood

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    Explanations for developments in state and non-state policing include the influence of globalization/late-modernity (Reiner 1992; Sheptycki 1995), shifts in political rationalities (O'Malley and Palmer 1996; O'Malley 1997), the rise of 'mass private property' (Shearing and Stenning 1981; 1983), and the decline of secondary social controls (Jones and Newburn 2002). Responding positively to recent critiques of the mass private property hypothesis raised by Jones and Newburn (1998; 1999a), we argue that shifts in policing can be tied to the resurgence of many new forms of 'communal space' (von Hirsch and Shearing 2000; Hermer et al. 2002) of which mass private property is only one example. We then induce a framework suggestive of the links between the extant accounts of trends in policing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)562-581
    JournalThe British Journal of Criminology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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