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Spaces of contestation: challenges, actors and expertise in the management of urban security in Greece

Cheliotis, Leonidas and Xenakis, Sappho (2013) Spaces of contestation: challenges, actors and expertise in the management of urban security in Greece. European Journal of Criminology, 10 (3). pp. 297-313. ISSN 1477-3708

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1477370812473534

Abstract

Urban security has emerged as one of the key priorities in political and public life in Greece over recent years, and especially since the country fell into financial crisis in 2009. This article offers an unprecedented overview of the challenges, actors and expertise in the management of urban security in Greece, drawing attention to the political tensions that envelop them. The first section focuses on the phenomena considered to constitute core challenges for urban security in the country: from common crime, immigration and urban poverty and degradation, to social unrest, policing, farright militias and vigilantism. The various state and non-state actors engaged in the management of urban security are then outlined, and the relationship between expertise and official policy-making is critically assessed. Objective and subjective forms of insecurity are shown to be highly contentious, responses to such insecurities are found to produce insecurities in their own right, and constraints upon non-technical expertise are identified as limiting the scope of pertinent state policy.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/journal/european-...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 09:12
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 09:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63915

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