Raising the Bar
Preventing Aggression in and Around Bars, Pubs and Clubs
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Raising the Bar by Ross Homel
Book DescriptionThis book provides a definitive review of knowledge about bar room environments and their regulation, and provides directions for the prevention of aggression, violence and injury in and around public drinking establishments. It shows why drinking establishments are high risk for aggression, why some establishments are riskier than others, the effectiveness of existing interventions and policies, and the importance of better regulatory models for achieving safer drinking establishments. The authors emphasise the need to understand the problem and to tackle it through evidence-based preventive strategies, providing a detailed review of the nature of problem behaviours within the specific context of public drinking establishments - while recognising that these establishments are businesses that operate in diverse communities and cultures. Special attention is paid to the difficulties in implementing and sustaining effective interventions within the kinds of regulatory structures and political and economic climates that currently prevail in western countries. The book draws upon the authors' extensive experience with observational, interview and intervention research related to reducing aggression and injury in drinking establishments, as well as their knowledge of the alcohol field, and of prevention, policing and regulation more generally.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781843923183
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Willan Publishing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ross Homel
Raising the Bar, Paperback (July 2012)
This title provides a review of knowledge about bar room environments and their regulation, and provides directions for the prevention of aggression, violence and injury in and around public drinking establishments.
Fitzgerald Legacy, Paperback (February 2010)
The findings and recommendations of the Fitzgerald Inquiry continue to have a significant effect on many aspects of public life in Queensland and beyond. This collection recalls the events that led up to the inquiry and examines the extraordinary influence it has had on police and public sector reform.
Pathways and Crime Prevention, Paperback (April 2007)» View all books by Ross Homel
Deals with the development of prevention policies and approaches that involve intervention 'early' in the lives of children, young people and their families. This book explores evidence that has been emerging from longitudinal and developmental prevention research.
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Book Review: Raising the Bar by Ross Homel - Reviewed by GavelBasher (19 Feb 2013)
A review by Phillip Taylor MBE, Richmond Green Chambers
Pubs, bars and clubs are social meeting places, which, in an ideal world, should be convivial and friendly. But as the authors of ‘Raising the Bar’ point out, nowhere is ideal, at least in Western culture – primarily the English speaking world -- where the consumption of alcohol is involved.
In his Forward, Alasdair Forysth from the Glasgow Centre for the Study of Violence observes that much violent or disorderly behaviour can be described as ‘alcohol-related’ and that the area where such violence and aggression appears to be the most obvious and the most public is the barroom environment.
This is an important book about an increasingly serious problem of aggression, violence and injury in and around public drinking establishments which, in an era of greater affluence and leisure, have become an essential component of the ‘nighttime economy’.
Author Biography - Ross Homel
Kathryn Graham is Professor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Ross Homel is Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.
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