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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.

Perceptions and Concepts: Constructing Anti-Social Behaviour
Perceptions and Concepts: Constructing Anti-Social Behaviour

Building on the definitional issues introduced in the first chapter, the social construction and evolution of “anti-social behaviour” and related topics are discussed in this chapter. As mentioned previously, due to the transdisciplinary nature of this book, it is necessary to “do the groundwork” for the rest of the book by briefly covering key concepts from across disciplines; therefore, some material will be very familiar to some readers, while for others it will be new. In order to give some historical background to current perceptions, the chapter begins with an overview of early models and related foundational theories, such as those of Durkheim, Freud and Merton. More recent key ideas are included, such ...

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