Criminology on the Buses, How do Structures of Neoliberalism and Culture Impact Crime and Role Performance within the Bus Industry
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The bus industry within the United Kingdom accounted for four and a half billion local journeys to year ending March 2016 (Department for Transport, 2016). With so many journeys being made there needs to be a focus on safety for passengers, whilst there are extensive laws in place and bodies such as the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to govern the operation of bus services, there has been little criminological focus on the crimes and harms that occur within the industry. Typically, crime on buses has formed a sub section for wider spatial studies of crime, or crimes, which find their setting within buses (Hayes and Prenzler, 2014). Whilst the topic of crime on buses is important to consider, it is just important to study the crimes that are encouraged and occur within the neoliberal structure of the industry and the operating companies within. By using a methodological approach of ethnography and interviews within a bus company, the research was been able to establish that culture and subcultures have a profound impact on an individual’s propensity to commit crime. One’s propensity to commit crime in the pursuit of profit is determined by their alignment to either the values of driver culture or the values of the company. The drive for profit has been made necessary by the deregulation of the bus industry.
Roscoe, T. (2018). 'Criminology on the Buses, How do Structures of Neoliberalism and Culture Impact Crime and Role Performance within the Bus Industry', The Plymouth Law & Criminal Justice Review, Vol. 10, p. 124-142.