Ities, Politics and Crime (criminilogy)

1,500 word essay which will account for 30% of the marks. choose one of the seminar topics from Weeks 2-6 as a essay title.

each question has some book list it mite be helpfull for the writer it is tottaly up to the writer to choose a question from below please make sure it is organised and well written and well referenced follwing the refering requriments. also please do not exceed 1500 word

Compare and contrast the urban visions of Ebenezer Howard and Le Corbusier. Which of these do you think provides the best blueprint for safe and liveable urban neighbourhoods? Justify your answer.

Cochrane, A (1999)  Administered Cities in Pile, S., Brook, C and Mooney, G (eds) Unruly Cities, Routledge, London .

Fishman, R (1996)  Urban Utopias: Ebenezer Howard and Le Corbusier in Campbell, S and Fainstein, S (eds) Readings in Planning Theory, Blackwell, Oxford

Fishman, R (1977) Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century, MIT Press, Cambridge

Hall, P (1989) Cities of Tomorrow, Basil Blackwell, Oxford (Chapters 4 and 7)

Hall, P (1992) Urban and Regional Planning (3rd edition), Routledge, London

LeGates, R.T and Stout, F (eds) (2007) The City Reader (4th edition), Routledge, London (see the selected readings by Le Corbusier and Howard. There are also earlier editions of this book with the same readings)

Le Corbusier (2002)  The City of Tomorrow and its Planning in Bridge, G and Watson, S (eds) The Blackwell City Reader, Blackwell, Oxford

Compare and contrast the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Oscar Newman in their approach to safety and security in urban neighbourhoods and city centres. Which do you think is the most appropriate? Justify your answer.

Jacobs, J (1996)  The Death and Life of Great American Cities in Campbell, S and Fainstein, S (eds) Readings in Planning Theory, Blackwell, Oxford

Jacobs, J (2007)  The uses of Sidewalks: Safety in LeGates, R.T and Stout, F (eds) The City Reader (4th edition), Routledge, London

Newman, O (1973) Defensible Space, Architectural Press, London


Mawby, R.I. (1977) Defensible space: A theoretical and empirical appraisalUrban Studies 14, 169-179

Coleman, A (1990) Utopia on Trial, Shipman, London

Coleman, A et al (1988) Altered estates, Adam Smith Institute, London

Coleman, A (1986)  Utopia Debate , Architects Journal, Vol.184, 6th August, 16-17.

Anson, B (1986)  Don t shoot the graffiti man , Architects Journal, Vol. 184 2nd July, 16-17.

Hillier,B. (1986)  City of Alice s Dreams , Architects Journal Vol. 184, 9 July, 39-41.

Dickens, P (1986)  Utopia on trial , International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 10: 462-464

Coleman, A (1987)  Utopia on trial  a comment , International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 11: 115-117.

Dickens,P (1987)  Utopia on trial  a response , International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 11: 118-120.

Smith, S, (1986)  Book review of Utopia on Trial , Urban Studies, 23, 244-246.

Is the gentrification of run-down urban neighbourhoods by the  creative class a good thing for the security and sustainability of those neighbourhoods? Justify your answer.

Florida, R (2007)  The Creative Class in LeGates, R.T and Stout, F (eds) The City Reader (4th edition), Routledge, London

Richard Florida s website and other commentaries:


The Canadian Policy Research Network has discussed the idea of Creative Cities:
Creative Cities: Structured Policy Dialogue Report
By Neil Bradford, en/doc.cfm?doc1082
Creative Cities: What Are They For, How Do They Work, and How Do We Build Them
By Meric Gertler, uk/communities/

ODPM (2003) Factsheet 15 Community cohesion and Neighbourhood Renewal (pdf on Blackboard site)

Commission Integration and Cohesion (2007) Our Shared Future, (pdf on Blackboard site or go to: uk

Department of Communities and Local Government (2008) The Government s Response to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion

Robinson, R (2005)  The Search for Community Cohesion: Key Themes and Dominant Concepts of the Public Policy Agenda , Urban Studies, 42, 8, 1411 1427

Cantle, T (2001) Community Cohesion (The Cantle Report), Home Office (Google for pdf)

Has the UK turned into a  pan-optic surveillance society? Is this a good thing for urban safety and security? Justify your answer.

Ditton, J (2000)  Crime and the City: Public attitudes towards open street CCTV in Glasgow . British Journal of Crimonology, 40,

Gill, M and Spriggs, A (2005) Assessing the impact of CCTV,
Home Office Research Study 292 (see Home Office website)

Fyfe, N and Bannister, J (1996)  City watching: closed circuit television surveillance in public spaces Area, 28, 1, 37-46

Fyfe, N (2004)  Zero tolerance, maximum surveillance? Deviance, difference and crime control in the late modern city in Lees, L (ed) The Emancipatory City? Sage, London

Wood, D et al (2007)  Lockdown! Resilience, resurgence and the stage set city in Atkinson, R and Helms, G (eds) Securing Urban Renaissance: Crime, community and British urban policy, Policy Press, Bristol.

Coleman, R (2004)  Images from a neo-liberal city: the state, surveillance and social control , Critical Criminology, 12, 1, 21-42

Coleman, R (2004)  Watching the degenerate: street camera surveillance and urban regeneration , Local Economy, 19, 3, 199-211

Thomas, C and Bromley, R (2000)  City Centre Revitalisation: Problems of Fragmentation and Fear in the Evening and Night Time City , Urban Studies, 37

Groombridge, N (undated) Stars of CCTV? How the Home Office wasted millions a radical  Treasury/Audit Commission view, Surveillance & Society, 5(1): 73-80

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