Anti-Social Behaviour Orders: A Culture of Control? by J. Donoghue

By J. Donoghue

This ebook vigorously demanding situations the present dominant educational view on ASBOs as faulty instruments of social regulate, and provides an alternate standpoint on anti-social habit administration which expressly promotes the belief of ASBOs as in a position to allowing a favorable technique of engagement between neighborhood experts, housing pros and citizens.

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The result: crime increases, fear goes up and people feel trapped. New Labour’s campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour – but also Tony Blair’s wider initiative to end the so-called ‘1960s liberal consensus on law and order’ – has been criticised by many academics as opportunistic policy-making, influenced by the politicisation of crime and criminal justice. , Garland, 2001). Understood as embodying attempts to sate public desire for increased ‘toughness’ in law and order policies (underpinned by media driven (mis)characterisations of crime and its prevalence), New Labour policy on anti-social behaviour is often identified as being driven by popular public sensibilities and demands for increasingly more punitive action, rather than as a genuine, empirically grounded policy initiative (Cavadino and Dignan, 2002; Morgan and Newburn, 2007; Raynor, 2007).

Com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-03 38 39 of a ‘law and order’ agenda. He identifies that individuals’ perceptions about (the validity of) a given crime policy is not so much shaped by their own personal experiences/victimisation but more so by the ‘symbolic’ aspects of a given policy. This, he maintains, is particularly true for crime policy, whereby ‘symbolism’ is employed/manipulated for the purposes of political mobilisation. If we consider New Labour’s approach to crime during this period, there was perhaps no slogan more symbolic than Blair’s ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’.

Com - licensed to Taiwan eBook Consortium - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-03 28 29 some practitioners have maintained that breach of an order ‘is not necessarily a failure’. It may be the case that the terms of orders are breached on more than one occasion before the behaviour stops. That the order was breached does not necessarily equate to de facto failure if the intervention does succeed in stopping (or even reducing) the anti-social behaviour. As one anti-social behaviour unit manager has argued: People who are very critical of ASBOs give the fact they have been breached as evidence of their failure.

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