Kailemia, MLW (2016) The non-existence of ‘Scotland’; Social disorganization, race and the policing of anti-social behaviour in Glasgow. Criminology and Criminal Justice. ISSN 1748-8966 (In Press)

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Since it was first advanced by Clifford Shaw and Henry McKay (1969), Social Disorganization Theory (SDT)- which claims that neighbourhood ecological conditions shape crime rates over and above the characteristics of individual residents- has enjoyed its ebbs and flows, first being discredited for its substantive and methodological deficiencies(Bursik and Gramsick, 1993; Sampson and Groves, 1989), but also enjoying a revival in the seminal works of Kornhauser (1978), Sampson (1986) and Bursik (1988). Although the social disorganization literature has grown tremendously since the appearance of these works,there hasn’t been a concomitant surge in ‘grounded research’; that is, research which examines the model’s relevance to contemporary social conditions, especially in the UK. This paper, then, is an attempt to ‘practice’- rather than theorize- the key tenets of SDT: Based on a case study of the A8 immigration of Slovakian Roma community into Govanhill- a neighbourhood in South East Glasgow- the paper elucidates the hitherto neglected interplay of the extraneous factors that shape the policing needs of a neighbourhood experiencing sudden changes in demographics. Along the way, the notion of Scotland as post-racial is deconstructed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author, Sage Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Race, Ethnicity, Diversity, Social Disorganization, Policing, Roma, Discrimination, Scotland, SDT, Anti-Social Behavior
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 11:08
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 08:32
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1903

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