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What insights into the ‘entangled’ relationship between social welfare and crime control are offered by the example of surveillance?

Before we delve into the essay, it is important to first consider the definitions of the concepts portrayed in the essay question. Social welfare, then, can be referred as a program that provides assistance to needy individuals and families. An example that can be offered here is improving the general well being of the community. Crime control is a method used to reduce crime in society and for meeting the needs of social welfare. For this reason it can be argued that both are ‘entangled’ in the sense that they cross over, interrelate and interact with one another through the practice of surveillance which will be looked into greater depth.

Surveillance is a double edged, multi faceted practice in everyday social life and as a policy concern in crime control and social welfare. (The Open University, 2015). This means it can be used as a crime control method as well as a means of increasing individual social welfare. It is a means of protection to ‘watch out for’ and discipline and control people ‘watch over’. (The Open University, 2015). In chapter 3 of ‘introducing surveillance’ this can be seen through the White Rose shopping centre in Leeds, where mall walkers explain why mall walking is important to them. As this facility makes people feel protected and safe. (The Open University, 2015). From a social welfarist perspective this can be reinforced through the opening of the mall early so that older people can feel safe. Evidence comes from Nasim in (The Open University, 2015) ‘its safer, we’ve just got a park infront of our house, its more convenient.’ On the other hand, as a crime prevention we can see control through surveillance where John White explains ‘we never allow more than a group of five or six.’ (The Open University, 2015). However, not only does surveillance aim to remove and exclude, but provides positive welfare...