Cameras, cops and contracts: what anti-social behaviour management feels like to young people

Carlie Goldsmith

in ASBO nation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420282
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301493 | DOI:
Cameras, cops and contracts: what anti-social behaviour management feels like to young people

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The Hillside Estate, a geographically isolated area of social housing in the south of England, has been subject to the combination of situational and social crime prevention measures used to tackle crime and ‘anti-social behaviour’ (ASB) since long before 1998. This chapter describes some of the tensions and contradictions between the management of ASB in Hillside and the experiences of children and young people who live there. The use of surveillance cameras, targeted policing initiatives, curfews and Dispersal Orders, and a range of ‘contractual’ agreements established to detect and prevent ASB perpetrated by young people has resulted in those who participated in the research feeling vulnerable, angry and frustrated at their perceived inability to influence these developments, or defend themselves and their families. A particular consequence for young people of being targeted for management of ASB is their increasing spatial marginalisation within their own neighbourhood. This shift has been precipitated by feeling unable to control being drawn into the intervention process itself, combined with targeted ASB prevention and detection strategies, including closed-circuit television and policing.

Keywords: Hillside Estate; England; crime; anti-social behaviour; social housing; contractual agreements; young people; surveillance cameras; targeted policing; curfews

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