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Governing the social: community safety and the problem of the 'stranger'

Hughes, Gordon 2008. Governing the social: community safety and the problem of the 'stranger'. [Working Paper]. Working Paper Series, vol. 110. Cardiff, UK: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. Available at:

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This paper addresses the changing governance of the social through the conjunction of international, national and local strategies where attempts to both regulate migration and asylum seeking and promote community safety meet. Migration has been increasingly subjected to processes of ‘securitisation’ and ‘criminalisation’ that encounter and align with new pressures in ‘domestic’ and local crime and safety policies. The paper offers a critical evaluation of the sociological grand narratives that attempt to frame these events. The paper concludes by arguing for a more nuanced social scientific analysis of the instabilities and volatilities of governance strategies and practices – and the normative and political issues that they bring into view

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:59

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