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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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Introduction: why ‘anti-social behaviour’? Debating ASBOs

Introduction: why ‘anti-social behaviour’? Debating ASBOs

(p.1) Introduction: why ‘anti-social behaviour’? Debating ASBOs
ASBO nation

Peter Squires

Policy Press

This text, which is about the anti-social behaviour (ASB) phenomenon in the United Kingdom, aims to capture, in a single volume, a wide range of positions that one might take up in respect of the ‘anti-social behaviour question’. The chapters chart the first emergence of the issue, the differing interpretations of ASB and contrasting reactions to it. The book includes a selection of the emerging research evidence about ASB and the impact of research findings on policy making. In this, then, the book embraces a broad debate about the contemporary significance of ASB and what could, or should, be done about it. Accordingly, contributions in this book were solicited from a wide variety of authors representing a range of agencies, interests, and perspectives surrounding the ASB issue. The Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) rapidly came to be seen as a specific response to youth problems and ASB. This book also tackles the politics of law and order, the cultural politics of ASB, and issues about communities, social capital, respect and tolerance.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, anti-social behaviour, Anti-Social Behaviour Order, politics, law and order, communities, social capital, respect, tolerance

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