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Banished: The New Social Control In Urban America

Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert


With urban poverty rising and affordable housing disappearing, the homeless and other “disorderly” people continue to occupy public space in many American cities. Concerned about the alleged ill effects their presence inflicts on property values and public safety, many cities have wholeheartedly embraced “zero-tolerance” or “broken window” policing efforts to clear the streets of unwanted people. Through an almost completely unnoticed set of practices, these people are banned from occupying certain spaces. Once zoned out, they are subject to arrest if they return—effectively banished from publ ... More

Keywords: urban poverty, homeless, disorderly people, public space, property values, public safety, zero tolerance, broken window policing, Seattle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195395174
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Beckett, author
University of Washington in Seattle

Steve Herbert, author
University of Washington in Seattle