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Domestic FortressFear and the New Home Front$
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Rowland Atkinson and Sarah Blandy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784995300

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784995300.001.0001

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Complexes of the domestic fortress

Complexes of the domestic fortress

(p.175) 9 Complexes of the domestic fortress
Domestic Fortress

Rowland Atkinson

Sarah Blandy

Manchester University Press

Finding a way out from these forces is difficult to imagine precisely because a range of political and corporate entrepreneurs draw profits from fear – developers selling gated communities, politicians arguing for tough law enforcement and private security companies with an increasingly sophisticated array of technologies designed to help seal the home. We conclude that while these designs have indeed helped to secure the home there has not been any significant reduction in social fear as a dividend to these activities, indeed the evolution of this position of the home suggests its presence as an increasingly anti-social and counter-civic moment in advanced capitalist society, one that will be highly difficult to unravel.

Keywords:   Gated communities, Fear of crime, Urban governance, Homeownership, Housing tenure

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