chapter  8
28 Pages

Constituting community: the good, the bad and the ungovernable

Throughout these professional accounts there were some implicit assumptions about community and the nature of disorder and the disorderly that contributed to their conceptions of how to go about changing the area. What I want to explore in this chapter is the ways in which these professionals constitute ‘community’ and contrast it with a problematic minority constituted as ‘other’. Their various constitutions of problematic people, and problems, reflect professional knowledges about order and disorderly people.