Labelling: constructing definitions of anti-social behaviour?

Helen Carr and Dave Cowan

in Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346858
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302544 | DOI:
Labelling: constructing definitions of anti-social behaviour?

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This chapter talks about the epistemic support of ASB. It attempts to define ASB, while stating that obscurity is an important tool of governance. The main theme of this chapter is the role of vernacular and technical language in building and legitimising intervention. The discussion extends the governing coalition of ASB to incorporate housing professionals and different housing management mechanisms, which are increasingly arranged beyond the social housing tenure and the judiciary. The chapter shows that these two are able to provide an ‘interpretative ventriloquism’, which reinforces the predominant political and social ‘common-sense’ discourse around ASB.

Keywords: epistemic support; obscurity; intervention; housing professionals; housing management mechanisms; social housing tenure; judiciary; interpretative ventriloquism

Chapter.  7849 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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