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Cartographic Crimonology: An Assessment and Proposal for an Integrated Approach to Crime Mapping

Hanson, Laura Jacquelyn (2015) Cartographic Crimonology: An Assessment and Proposal for an Integrated Approach to Crime Mapping. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (KAR id:49514)

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Abstract

To inform an emerging cartographic criminology, this thesis considers cartographic and geographic literatures that are not often present in criminological research. It offers both an historical overview of the way crime has traditionally been mapped within criminological discourse; and a critical review of contemporary crime mapping as an empirical criminological practice. It argues that contemporary "geographies of crime" are too often constructed in very abstract and dehumanising ways. As a result, they obfuscate and thus hamper our true understanding of the spatial dimension of crime.

This thesis establishes a fundamental appreciation of cartography by offering a brief review of cartography and identifying the insights that this field offers as a framework for situating crime maps. Additionally, it offers an overview of criminology’s engagement with maps and demonstrates the discipline’s failure to engage with the maps that are so often used. Various branches of geography (social, political, and cultural) inform the remaining chapters which focus on maps depicting a variety of criminal and deviant activity, the acquisition of the maps, and the general consequences of their use.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Hayward, Keith
Uncontrolled keywords: Criminology, Cartography, Mapping, Cultural Geography, Social Geography, Political Geography, History of Crime Mapping
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2015 15:00 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/49514 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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