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Signal crimes, social reactions, and the future of environmental criminology

Innes, Martin and Innes, Helen 2018. Signal crimes, social reactions, and the future of environmental criminology. In: Bruinsma, Gerben J.N. and Johnson, Shane D. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology, Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190279707.013.11)

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Abstract

This chapter examines the precepts associated with the signal crimes perspective (SCP). It begins by setting out that a signal is something that transmits messages to an audience. Thinking in terms of signals and “signaling” opens up new ways of seeing crime, disorder, and social control. In particular, it keys into an event-based unit of analysis, as opposed to measuring impacts in an aggregated form. Having laid out the conceptual apparatus of the SCP, the discussion proceeds on to briefly consider how SCP compares with more established criminological frameworks for studying reactions to and consequences of crime. The latter sections of the chapter focus on the ways that changes to the information environment, associated with an era of “big data” and social media, are altering the incidents that signal and how their impacts travel across space and time.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190279707
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2019 12:01
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/120651

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