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“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.

Anti-Social Behaviour as a Social Activity: Group Processes
Anti-Social Behaviour as a Social Activity: Group Processes

Group memberships offer many advantages. They help us to accomplish things that cannot be accomplished alone; they offer social status and identity. Group membership usually includes two fundamental types of roles, which can be formal or informal: an instrumental role to help the group achieve its aims, or an expressive role to provide emotional support and maintain morale. Groups also establish norms for members either explicitly or subtly. Whether or not a group is “anti-social” may be open to interpretation to some extent – recall the “problem” of “teenagers hanging around”.

Many forms of anti-social behaviour have a social element. While gang activities are an obvious example, there are many ...

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