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Governing safety through the politics of community? : A governmentality analysis of the practice of 'safety walks' in three Swedish cities

Authors
  • Brandén, Jennie
  • Sandberg, Linda
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13562576.2021.1894916
OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-181180
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
English
License
Green
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Abstract

In Sweden, 'safety walks' are a well-established planning practice for improving safety. They involve citizens and local authorities evaluating public spaces in terms of safety. Building on observations, interviews and policy materials, this paper examines safety walks from a governmentality perspective. Our analysis shows that, through the governing techniques employed in the walks, safety problems are rendered technical, auditable and governable, while becoming disconnected from the social and political. Furthermore, the participatory rationale of the walks serves to produce self-governing communities, who are responsible for managing their own safety, while risking the reinforcement of boundaries of inclusion and exclusion within the imagined 'safe community'. / <p>Projekt "Rädsla och trygghet i ord och handling": https://www.umu.se/forskning/projekt/radsla-och-trygghet-i-ord-och-handling---att-overkomma-paradoxer-i-planering/</p> / Rädsla och trygghet i ord och handling

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