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Crime and Social switch in heart England bargains a brand new approach of taking a look at modern debates at the worry of crime. utilizing commentary, interviews and documentary research it lines the reactions of electorate of 1 very traditional city to occasions, conflicts and controversies round such topical matters of criminological research as adolescence, public order, medicinal drugs, policing and residential safety of their neighborhood. In doing so it strikes in position from cozy suburbs to tough pressed internal urban estates, from the prosperous to the impoverished, from previous humans staring at the city the place they grew up swap round them to younger in-comers who're a part of that vary. this can be a e-book on the way to provide all scholars of crime a unprecedented and interesting perception into how concerns on the middle of latest legislation and order politics either nationally and across the world truly play out at the flooring.

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As one member of the local Civic Society put it: ‘I think it’s a place that’s kept its identity. ’ Yet Macclesfield also retains a certain ‘distance’ from the assorted places that go to make up what Turner (1967) once called the ‘swell-belt’ of north Cheshire. For while the town stands as the eponymous focal point of a large and economically booming Borough, Crime and social change in middle england 22 it is in certain respects the poor – or at least poorer – relation among its near neighbours.

Hoggart’s account of Farnham in fact resonates closely with much that one finds in Macclesfield. The resemblances are striking: the 1960s architectural ‘monstrosity’ in the heart of the town, the shops, the old men outside Argos, the clothes, the bypass, the pubs, even down to the facade of the NatWest building – this could in so many senses be Macclesfield. The comparison also provides a reminder that, for all the local detail we have endeavoured to recover here, the global processes we set out in Chapter 1 are working to flatten the differences between places.

The one building to survive the demolition (a small garage) stands stubbornly in the car park beside the new road, watching over the rush hour jams. To the east, runs the ‘Silk Road’, part of the main Stockport–Leek trunk road. Built in the early 1990s, and not much liked locally, it has the effect of dividing the town almost in two, with Victoria Park flats and Hurdsfield lying ‘cut off’ along the Buxton Road, as it heads out eastwards into the Peaks. The town centre itself sits on two levels, hemmed in between these major thoroughfares.

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