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The Problems of Everyday Life: Crime and the Civil and Social Justice Survey

Kemp, V; Pleasence, P; Balmer, NJ; (2007) The Problems of Everyday Life: Crime and the Civil and Social Justice Survey. (Briefing 5 ). Centre for Crime and Justice Studies: London, UK. Green open access

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Criminal justice processes target a limited range of ‘crimes’ or ‘harms’ to the exclusion of many others. Whilst political and public policy attention is often focused on procedures and processes, there is also great value in considering broader issues of social justice across a spectrum of activities that extend beyond the restricted scope of criminal justice. It is in this context that we find the work published here of interest. As the briefing shows, the range of problems and difficulties of everyday life faced by different sections of the population is complex, interrelated and should ultimately be of concern to anyone with an interest in social justice. Whilst the categories of ‘crime’, ‘social exclusion’ and ‘civil justice problems’ can be problematic, this paper usefully draws attention to a number of issues that we feel deserve much greater attention. As the authors claim, their findings suggest that services aimed at those people experiencing social problems would be more usefully provided through common means and methods. Separating out the issues and services aimed at resolving civil problems, crime and social exclusion often ignores the complex picture of injustices those deemed ‘vulnerable’ often face. Of greatest importance is the necessity to begin looking at these problems in the context of social injustice and the role of structural factors that result in substantial inequalities. The Civil and Social Justice Survey makes an important contribution to this debate by providing a basis for further exploration, discussion and debate.

Type: Report
Title: The Problems of Everyday Life: Crime and the Civil and Social Justice Survey
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/publications/pr...
Language: English
Additional information: This is the published version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Crime victimisation, Civil justice, Access to justice, Justiciable problems
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1575464
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