Left realism, community and state-building
Lea, John (2010) Left realism, community and state-building Crime Law and Social Change, 54 (2). pp. 141-158. ISSN 0925-4994
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Left Realism, as it emerged in the mid 1980s in the UK was a policyoriented intervention focusing on the reality of crime for the working class victim and the need to elaborate a socialist alternative to conservative emphases on ‘law and order’. It saw the renewal of high crime,deprived communities as involving democratic police accountability to those communities. During the subsequent period developments have moved very much against the orientations of Left Realism. This paper compares two different contexts of renewal—the deprived urban community in the UK and the war-torn ‘failed state’ in Bosnia—and identifies certain common policy orientations which are then criticised from a Left Realist perspective.
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