The Reassurance Gap

Peter Ramsay

in The Insecurity State

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199581061
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741005 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

The Reassurance Gap

Show Summary Details


This chapter reviews the development of New Labour's anti-social behaviour policy in the context of its wider criminal justice and social policies. It argues that the Anti-Social Behaviour Order' imposition of conditional citizenship, in which rights are made contingent on the performance of duties, was central to policy discussion and, secondly, that these duties extended to security questions because the representative citizen was constructed as weak and vulnerable and in need of reassurance.

Keywords: anti-social behaviour policy; respect agenda; reassurance policing; conditional citizenship; contractual governance; active citizenship; vulnerability

Chapter.  8248 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.