Getting a sense of community
The previous two chapters sought to consider the ideas of Amitai Etzioni and his communitarian colleagues and the influence of these types of ideas upon political values, and how this then begins to shape understanding of the crime problem. This chapter will seek to discuss the dilemmas and assumptions contained within contemporary discourses on community, and the problems of evoking a particular conception of community in relation to crime control. From this discussion several questions will emerge about the nature and character of the type of community currently progressed by academics, politicians and policy makers. These questions will form the basis of the next chapter, which will explore the social relations evident in late-modern society and whether there is any dissonance between these conditions and the assumptions contained within communitarian thought.