Conclusion: the future of anti-social behaviour?

Peter Squires

in ASBO nation

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420282
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301493 | DOI:
Conclusion: the future of anti-social behaviour?

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This book has tackled the full spectrum of advocacy, opinion, commentary, research evidence and findings, professional practice and development, debate and critique surrounding anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the United Kingdom — in short, everything it was possible to say about ASB management and ‘the Anti-Social Behaviour Order’, in particular. It has considered the broad debate about the contemporary significance of ASB: what could, or should, be done about it and, indeed, what was being done about it and, not least, how effective this was proving to be. The point has been made in the introduction, and by a number of commentators in the book, about the fast-moving field of law and order politics in the UK. This has been especially noticeable with regard to ASB policy, an issue on which Tony Blair placed so much emphasis. The questions we need to ask of ASB management concern whether the pre-emptive criminalisation of relatively marginal young people, already the victims of social and economic processes beyond their control, offers a plausible contribution to social justice.

Keywords: Anti-Social Behaviour Order; anti-social behaviour; United Kingdom; Tony Blair; young people; criminalisation; law and order; politics; social justice

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