Policing The Housing Crisis

Carr, Helen and Cowan, Dave and Hunter, Caroline (2007) Policing The Housing Crisis. Critical Social Policy, 27 (1). pp. 100-127. ISSN 0261-0183. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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In this paper, we argue that the 'crime control housing crisis' which has engulfed social housing is qualitatively different from most previous and current understandings of housing crisis (which have been of a quantitative nature, or been resolved to that). By contrast, the crime control housing crisis is a crisis precisely because it appears insoluble. All housing problems and policies now have to be legitimated by reference to this crime control housing crisis. The gaze of this crisis has been upon the 'social' sector, but that has also caused reflection on how to placate the crime control housing crisis in the private sector. It is this latter area that is the focus of the case study in the second part of this paper and starkly raises the central, deceptively simple, problematization for government: how to govern the ungovernable without being seen to govern. The case study concerns regulations promulgated by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive regarding the licensing of houses in multiple occupation. We argue that this regulation is symptomatic of a mutated 'housing crisis' in which the old questions of the adequacy of provision have been supplanted by new questions of responsibility for deviant behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: community; crime control; crisis; housing; regulation
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: C.A.R. Kennedy
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:41
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2014 11:34
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1035 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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