Rethinking Trust, Crime Policy and Social Theory,

Owen, Timothy orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2483-4627 and Powell, Jason orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9828-0877 (2011) Rethinking Trust, Crime Policy and Social Theory,. International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, 4 (2). pp. 745-755. ISSN 1916-2782

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This article analyses the relationship of ‘trust’ to crime, power and criminal justice policy. The theoretical model employed to analyse this relationship draws from Owen’s (2009a), conceptually driven argument that is based on an ontologically-flexible critique of agency-structure, micro-macro and time-space. This relationship stands at the interface of competing pressures working to produce the increasing complexity of crime and criminal justice policy (Powell 2005). We then move the attention to the conceptual problems of ‘trust’ which is linked with uncertainty and complexity whilst law and order and crime policies rest on the specialist knowledge claimed by a range of professional “experts” and technologists that inhabit powerful spaces through which crime policy and practice is governed and articulated.

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