From Policy to Practice: Situated Learning in Community Safety Partnerships

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This paper is contributing to a panel on multi-level governance and its impact on crime control and penal practice in advanced liberal societies. It focuses on a case study exploring the implementation and development of community safety policy in Scotland. The paper will develop an analytical framework through which to examine the ways in which the interactions of individual partnership members, both within the context of the partnership and also in relation to the parent agencies and organizations within which they are embedded, may be constrained or creative in ways that sometimes do, and that sometimes do not, fit with the stated goals of the partnership. It will draw from a number of social learning perspectives (such as Wenger 1998 and Bandura 1997) that have thus far had little influence within criminology but which have had substantial influence within the fields of business studies, management theory and organizational learning. The paper will use these ideas to positively critique contemporary criminological theorizing.Wenger, E. (1998), Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning and Identity. Cambridge University Press. Bandura, A. (1997), Self Efficacy: The Exercise of Control. New York: W.H. Freeman and Co.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2005


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