The new culture of safety

Crime and delinquency / Urban crime

The new culture of safety


This themed issue in Judicial Explorations on ‘the new culture of safety’ differs  slightly in character from the usual issues. The articles are edited (and where necessary translated) versions of papers presented at the end of August 2004 at the seminar ‘Public safety in Europe’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam where social scientists from different European countries discussed the developments in thought on subjects such as  public safety, combating crime and prevention policies. Key elements in this themed issue are the concepts and analyses by British scientist David Garland, as set out in his book The culture of control. Major trends in the new culture of safety are populism, the blurred distinction between crime and relatively innocent disruptions of the public order, the belief that ‘imprisonment helps’, the emphasis on prevention, and the emphasis on 'accountability' in the approach by law enforcement agencies, as well as the involvement of non-penal actors such as welfare and local organisations and schools in fighting crime.

Publication data

Place of publication:
The Hague
Boom Juridische Uitgevers
Year of publication:
Justitiële verkenningen 2004/07