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13 Crime Media Culture 3 (2017)

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                                                                            Crime Media Culture
                                                                            2017, Vol. 13(1) 3-20
Urban interventionism                   as a                                 The Author(s) 2016
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                                                                  DOI 10.1177/1741659016631609
Towards an aesthetic criminology                                    journals sagepubcom/home/cmc

Andrew Millie
Edge Hill University, UK

This article is concerned with ideas of urban order and considers the scope for playing with
people's expectations of order. In particular, drawing on criminological, philosophical and
urban studies literatures, the article explores the notion of aesthetic order. The power to dictate
aesthetic order is highlighted. The example of urban interventionism is used to consider those that
challenge an approved aesthetic order. Here the article draws on cultural criminology and visual
criminology, with illustrations coming from research in Toronto, Canada. Influenced by Alison
Young's (2014a) conceptualisation of 'cities within the city', the article considers how different
people using the same space have different or overlapping ways of understanding aesthetic order.
Of relevance to criminology, it is contended that people or things that contravene an approved
aesthetic order may face banishment and criminalisation. It is concluded that respect for such
difference is required. An aesthetic criminology is suggested.

Aesthetic criminology, aesthetic order, disorder, order, urban intervention

This article is concerned with the aesthetic order of the city. It considers the scope for playing with
people's expectations of aesthetic order and the extent to which deviations are criminalised. The
article draws on various urban studies, criminological and philosophical literatures and is illus-
trated using the example of urban interventions. The article draws on research conducted in
Toronto, Canada during 2009. Toronto was one of the first places where the term 'urban interven-
tion' was used in a 1999 gallery brochure for the Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art.
'Urban intervention' was used to describe artworks placed outside of traditional gallery spaces,

Corresponding author:
Andrew Millie, Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire,
L39 4QP, UK.
Email: Andrew.millie@edgehill.ac.uk

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