The politics of anti-social behaviour

Peter Squires

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Tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) was given central place in the 2004–2008 Home Office Strategic Plan, Tony Blair describing his government's policy agenda as a cultural 'crusade'. Scholarly attention has often focused upon the implementation of the ASB management agenda but rather less attention has been given to the fast-moving politics behind the developing ASB debate. Following an introductory discussion connecting the 'narrow politics' of ASB strategy to a wider analysis of social divisions and the state of cultural politics in contemporary Britain, the article proceeds to consider 'four phases' embracing key changes, developments and turning points in the politics of ASB
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-323
Number of pages24
JournalBritish Politics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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© 2008 Macmillan Ltd


  • ASBO
  • criminalisation
  • cultural politics
  • anti-social policy
  • enforcement-led


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