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ASBO nation: The criminalisation of nuisance

Peter Squires


Anti-social behaviour (ASB) was a major preoccupation of New Labour's project of social and political renewal, with Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) a controversial addition to crime and disorder management powers. Thought by some to be a dangerous extension of the power to criminalise, by others as a vital dimension of local governance, there remains a concerning lack of evidence as to whether or not they compound social exclusion. This collection brings together opinion, commentary, research evidence, professional guidance, debate and critique in order to understand the phenomenon of ant ... More

Keywords: anti-social behaviour, New Labour, Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, governance, social exclusion, public policy, social policy

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781847420282
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Squires, editor

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Part One Managing anti-social behaviour: priorities and approaches

One Why tackle anti-social behaviour?

Jessica Jacobson, Andrew Millie, and Mike Hough

Part Two Anti-social behaviour management: emerging issues

Part Three Anti-social behaviour case studies: particular social groups affected by anti-social behaviour policies

Fifteen The criminalisation of intoxication1

Fiona Measham, and Karenza Moore

Part Four Anti-ASBO: criticising the ASBO industry

Seventeen ‘ASBOmania’1

Shami Chakrabarti, and Jago Russell

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