Vincenzo Ruggiero, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Crime and Conflict Research Centre, Middlesex University, UK. praises Street Training

Submitted by Lottie on Mon, 2014-04-21 11:45

“Play-fighting, sliding down handrails or running up down escalators are among other acts epitomising less leisure, which is ‘part of the cycle of productive behaviour’, than pure ‘glorious waste’. Street Training provides manuals containing a wide variety of advice on how to be safe and joyful on the streets. Polemically, it responds to the notion that unless young people are engaged in structured activities or acting as mini consumers, they may cause trouble.
Academic papers on ‘social disorder in the city’ are not as creative as such projects, but allow us to rethink about fear, threat, isolation, inequality and crime, all categories intertwined in conventional, realistic or otherwise, appreciations of the urban environment. I will discuss these categories as they emerged in the British Journal of Sociology Annual Lecture delivered by Robert Sampson (2009).”