Anti-social behaviour: voices from the front line

Judy Nixon and Sadie Parr

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:
Anti-social behaviour: voices from the front line

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This chapter determines how the constructions of ASB and the categorisations of individuals play out at local levels. It starts with a critique of contemporary political and media discourses that result in the reaffirmation of normality that can be attributed to powerful majority groups and the demonisation of ‘deviant’ groups that are categorised as ‘other’. It also describes how the witnesses of ASB constructed the causes of the problem around the characteristics of the alleged perpetrators. The chapter also examines the ‘neighbours from hell’ and reveals that these individuals shared the concerns and values of their neighbours, and were often the victims as well as perpetrators of ASB. Their behaviour can be largely attributed to personal and family vulnerability and difficult social circumstances.

Keywords: constructions; categorisations; political discourse; media discourse; normality; demonisation; deviant groups; neighbours from hell

Chapter.  7313 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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