Anti-social behaviour by Andrew Millie

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Whether presence should be regarded as anti-social is a moot point; but of the seven categories it is the presence of teenagers hanging around that is perceived to be most prevalent, with between 27 and 33 percent of respondents claiming ‘high levels’ in their area. Rubbish or litter comes a close second, followed by vandalism/graffiti and drug use and dealing. uk McGraw Hill - 152mm x 229mm - Fonts: Stone Sans & Stone Serif JOBNAME: McGraw−Millie PAGE: 4 SESS: 14 OUTPUT: Thu Oct 23 12:09:18 2008 SUM: E8FC0F97 /production/mcgraw−hill/booksxml/millie/ch2 THE EXTENT AND NATURE OF ASB IN BRITAIN 23 The general figure for ‘high level of perceived ASB’ (which is derived from the seven types) is much lower.

A working definition of ASB In a focus group with former homeless people in London (see also Millie et al. 2005b), one respondent stated that ASB is simply: ‘Stuff that affects you. ’ For him ASB was regarded simply as other people’s behaviour that he didn’t like. His observation may have been near the mark. g. Sellin 1938) is a useful way of viewing what is commonly regarded as anti-social – in effect, ASB becomes something that contravenes certain cultural and societal norms of behaviour. uk McGraw Hill - 152mm x 229mm - Fonts: Stone Sans & Stone Serif JOBNAME: McGraw−Millie PAGE: 16 SESS: 23 OUTPUT: Wed Dec 3 12:32:34 2008 SUM: 50D8D03F /production/mcgraw−hill/booksxml/millie/ch1 16 ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR standards of behaviour’.

The causes of ASB are going to be similarly contested. Rationales for tackling ASB are similarly not straightforward, including because ASB itself is a bad thing, that tackling ASB can lead to reductions in crime, or perhaps that it aids regeneration. These and other perspectives are considered. The next three chapters focus on measures to control or prevent ASB. In Britain, most attention has been on the Anti-Social Behaviour Order or ASBO. Consequently, the ASBO gets its own chapter in Chapter 6.

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