The role of the discourses on space in the motivations and recidivism of crime. The case of belgian armed robbers.

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In the dominant approaches of crime, the city and the neighborhood are studied as a context with structural characteristics producing differential power positions. These positions are seen as the basis for the development of identity like 'working class', 'woman', 'ethnic group', etc.. Moving away from thinking identity as static, essential categories favored research on the experiences and relationships with the city and neighborhoods of different groups. It showed that urban spaces are attributed different meanings, at different times and are linked with the then used identity. Using a cultural urban studies perspective the relationship between spaces and identity lead to different interpretations. Results of a qualitative Belgian research on the motivations of offenders of armed robberies to engage and relapse in this type of crime, pointed at the importance of their discourses on spaces. The meaning given to the neighborhood, the set of spaces where they interacted, played as children, where they went out, etc., are seen as part of their intimate and personal space. They ascribe cultural and symbolic attributes to their environment whilst their spatial practices are simultaneously enabled or restricted by the very quality of this spatiality. Their material practices and symbolic meanings gave form to ideas on 'belonging', 'identity' but also 'personal power' which in turn played an important role in the networks used to plan, work out and execute the armed robbery.
Originele taal-2English
TitelAbstracts of 13th conference of European Society of Criminology
Plaats van productieBoedapest
Aantal pagina's1
StatusPublished - 2013
EvenementUnknown - Budapest, Hungary
Duur: 4 sep 20134 sep 2013


Verkorte titelEurocrim 2013

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paper presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the ESC (European Society of Criminology)


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