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Securing respectBehavioural expectations and anti-social behaviour in the UK$
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Andrew Millie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420947

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420947.001.0001

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‘You lookin’ at me?’ Discourses of respect and disrespect, identity and violence

‘You lookin’ at me?’ Discourses of respect and disrespect, identity and violence

(p.239) ten ‘You lookin’ at me?’ Discourses of respect and disrespect, identity and violence
Securing respect

Peter Squires

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This chapter develops an argument on the awkward parallels and contrasts between the uses of a discourse of ‘respect’ as a policy tool and the notions of ‘street respect’. There seems to be an irony in the fact that the issue of ‘respect governance’ emerged at a time when a street discourse of ‘respect’ was coming to be increasingly associated with urban youth violence. At a time when the government was insisting on a new form and culture of respect as a solution to the crime and disorder problems, it has been instructive to reflect upon the ways in which some of the ‘least respected’ appeared to negotiate this scarce commodity among themselves. In addition to comparing the two discourses of respect and disrespect, the chapter also reflects on some of the issues that may define these discourses.

Keywords:   discourse of respect, policy tool, street respect, respect, street discourse, urban youth violence, respect and disrespect

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