Anti-social behaviour and minority ethnic populations

David Prior and Basia Spalek

in ASBO nation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420282
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301493 | DOI:
Anti-social behaviour and minority ethnic populations

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This chapter examines whether the post-1998 anti-social behaviour (ASB) policies and powers pose a threat to ethnic minorities in enabling people whose behaviours are perceived as ‘different’ to be labelled anti-social and subjected to further discriminatory interventions. It also explores the ways in which cultural factors (including the occupational/professional cultures of practitioners) influence the construction of the ASB ‘problem’ itself in relation to minority ethnic populations in the United Kingdom. Given the open-ended and subjective definition of anti-social behaviour in policy and practice, it is important to try to understand both how perceptions of ethnicity and faith may influence official approaches to addressing ASB and the relevance of, and meanings attached to, the phenomenon of ASB by minority ethnic populations. The chapter begins by discussing key concepts and definitions — particularly the ideas of ‘race’, ethnicity, religion and identity — before focusing on the significance of the current ‘law and order’ policy context in which constructions of and responses to anti-social behaviour in relation to minority ethnic populations need to be understood.

Keywords: United Kingdom; anti-social behaviour; ethnic minorities; cultures; ethnicity; faith; religion; race; identity; law and order

Chapter.  6488 words. 

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