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ASBO nationThe criminalisation of nuisance$
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Peter Squires

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420282

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420282.001.0001

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Conclusion: the future of anti-social behaviour?

Conclusion: the future of anti-social behaviour?

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(p.358) (p.359) Twenty Conclusion: the future of anti-social behaviour?
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ASBO nation
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Peter Squires

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420282.003.0021

This book has tackled the full spectrum of advocacy, opinion, commentary, research evidence and findings, professional practice and development, debate and critique surrounding anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the United Kingdom — in short, everything it was possible to say about ASB management and ‘the Anti-Social Behaviour Order’, in particular. It has considered the broad debate about the contemporary significance of ASB: what could, or should, be done about it and, indeed, what was being done about it and, not least, how effective this was proving to be. The point has been made in the introduction, and by a number of commentators in the book, about the fast-moving field of law and order politics in the UK. This has been especially noticeable with regard to ASB policy, an issue on which Tony Blair placed so much emphasis. The questions we need to ask of ASB management concern whether the pre-emptive criminalisation of relatively marginal young people, already the victims of social and economic processes beyond their control, offers a plausible contribution to social justice.

Keywords:   Anti-Social Behaviour Order, anti-social behaviour, United Kingdom, Tony Blair, young people, criminalisation, law and order, politics, social justice

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