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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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‘The feeling’s mutual’: respect as the basis for cooperative interaction

‘The feeling’s mutual’: respect as the basis for cooperative interaction

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Securing respect

Peter Somerville

Policy Press

This chapter reviews the current understanding of mutual respect and recognition, identifying it as a general form of cooperative interaction and identifying is as practices of civility, sociability and intimacy. The chapter also differentiates the ‘thick’ and ‘thin’ variants of civility and sociability and offers a new perspective on solidarity. It aims to determine the correlation between disrespect and social inequality and attempts to illustrate how disrespect stems from the latter. It also provides a critic on the government approaches to respect, particularly the Respect Action Plan which is believed to be disrespectful and counterproductive. The chapter also examines the issue of ‘informal social control’ as an alternative to governmental approaches. The concluding discussion focuses on suggestions on how mutual respect and recognition may be better promoted in communities.

Keywords:   mutual respect, recognition, cooperative interaction, civility, sociability, disrespect, social inequality, informal social control, government approaches

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