“Neatly and succinctly takes readers through ways to understand and interpret the label of ‘antisocial’ behaviour in a wider context, showing how it is socially, historically and culturally produced as well as understood in professional health and policing or correctional contexts.” - Cathy Coleborne, University of Newcastle, Australia “A timely work given the present global shift in the use of social media and violence. Cate Curtis’ book serves as a multinational mini-meta-analytic review of anti-social behaviours” - Richard Langford, University of Hawaii West Oahu “Cate Curtis’ coverage in this book is breath-taking. It is centred on challenging taken for granted assumptions concerning the three Rs: ‘risk’, ‘resilience’ and ‘recovery’ whilst questioning what is respectable everyday activities and extreme behaviour in culture and society.” - Shane Blackman, Canterbury Christ Church University Cate Curtis seeks to disrupt assumptions about anti-social behaviour by bringing together a host of key concepts and theories applicable to the field. Going beyond individualised discussions, the book explores broader concepts such as the social construction of ‘anti-social behaviour’, ‘risk’ and ‘resilience’, and the social contents and influences under which these are most likely to occur. An excellent companion for researchers and postgraduate students in of anti-social behaviour across criminology, social psychology, sociology and social work.
Chapter 3: The Politics of Anti-Social Behaviour: Policies and Values
The Politics of Anti-Social Behaviour: Policies and Values
Concerns about anti-social behaviour, risk and crime are not based on accurate perceptions but on socially constructed and personal anxieties, conflicting social and cultural values and political machinations. In a number of Western countries, offending by young people has declined significantly since the 1990s, alongside a decrease in reported victimisation. However, the public significantly overestimates the extent of youth crime and anti-social behaviour. Thus, it may be argued that a political focus on anti-social behaviour, especially that of young people, stems from a moral panic.
Anti-social behaviour is, of course, nothing new, as seen in examples (translated or modernised) from texts dating back centuries:
I would there were no age between ...