“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 1: Introduction
Anti-social behaviour is a topic of widespread interest in the Western world, as shown by the number of media reports, academic articles, government policies and legislative changes. Anti-social behaviour (as it is most often conceptualised and discussed) is most common during adolescence and, depending on how it is defined, is estimated to involve 5 to 17 per cent of young people in the Western world. Young people are disproportionately implicated in minor crime, which overlaps with anti-social behaviour; in the UK it is estimated that youth crime costs more than one billion pounds per year (The Prince’s Trust, 2010); this figure includes the cost of imprisoning young people, estimated at £587 million in 2009. In the US, approximately $6 billion is spent on ...