Bringing together an international group of authors, this book addresses the important issues lying at the intersection between urban space, on the one hand, and incivilities and urban harm, on the other. Progressive urbanisation not only influences people’s living conditions, their well-being and health but may also generate social conflict and consequently fuel disorder and crime.

Rooted in interdisciplinary scholarship, this book considers a range of urban issues, focussing specifically on their sensory, emotive, power and structural dimensions. The visual, audio and olfactory components that offend or harm are inspected, including how urban social control agencies respond to violations of imposed sensory regimes. Emotive dimensions examined include the consideration of people emotions and sensibilities in the perception of incivilities, in the shaping of social control to deviant phenomena, and their role in activating or suppressing people’s resistance towards otherwise harmful everyday practices. Power and structural dimensions examine the agents who decide and define what anti-social and harmful is and the wider socio-economic and cultural setting in which urbanites and social control agents operate. Connecting with sensory and affective turns in other disciplines, the book offers an original, distinctive and nuanced approach to understanding the harms, disorder and social control in the city.

An accessible and compelling read, this book will appeal to those engaged with criminology, sociology, human geography, psychology, urban studies, socio-legal studies and all those interested in the relationship between urban space and urban harm.

chapter 1|12 pages

Incivilities, harm and social control in urban space

ByNina Peršak, Anna Di Ronco

part Part I|108 pages

Sensory dimensions of incivilities, harm and social control

chapter 2|15 pages

Exploring sound and noise in the urban environment

Tensions between cultural expression and municipal control, health and inequality, police power and resistance
ByAvi Brisman, Ascensión García Ruiz, Bill McClanahan, Nigel South

chapter 3|22 pages

Sounds dangerous

Black music subcultures as victims of state regulation and social control
ByLambros Fatsis

chapter 4|26 pages

Offending sights and urban governance

Expectations of city aesthetics and spatial responses to the unsightly
ByNina Peršak

chapter 5|23 pages

Green criminology perspective on light pollution

ByKatja Eman

chapter 6|20 pages

When the city smells

Perceptions of decay and physical disorder in Rome
ByAnna Di Ronco, Nina Peršak

part Part II|64 pages

Emotion, power and structure in the urban social control setting

chapter 7|19 pages

Emotion and the city

Emotive dimensions of incivilities and of their urban social control
ByNina Peršak

chapter 8|23 pages

Power at play

The policing of sex work across two European cities
ByAnna Di Ronco

part Part III|11 pages

Concluding thoughts