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Anti-Social Behaviour: A multi-national perspective of the everyday to the extreme

by Cate Curtis SAGE Publications Ltd
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This book will be unlike any other currently on the market. It will bring together key concepts and theories applicable to anti-social behaviour, from across the social sciences, into a cohesive whole.

As well as integrating established theories, the most recent evidence on risk, protective and resilience factors will be surveyed. It will begin by establishing the context for the study of anti-social behaviour including definitions and parameters, before moving on to explore the ideologies and epistemologies underpinning ‘anti-social behaviour’. Various forms of ‘anti-social behaviour’ will then be explored, from the everyday (e.g. A supposed increase in rudeness) to the extreme.

Perceptions and Concepts: Constructing Anti-Social Behaviour
The Politics of Anti-Social Behaviour: Policies and Values
Ordinary Anti-Social Behaviour: Everyday Hassles
Anti-Social Behaviour as a Social Activity: Group Processes
New Technology, New Media: Transmitting New Behaviour?
Prevention, Intervention and Punishment: Risk, Resilience and Recovery

Cate Curtis examines anti-social behaviour, starting with the 1998 UK legislation (and the conduct it was designed to suppress), but she expands the scope of ‘‘anti-social behaviour’’ to include other western jurisdictions and other, more serious, forms of offending. She adopts an international, comparative approach and combines seminal and contemporary scholarship from the traditions of social psychology, social work, sociology, and criminology. Remarkably, she does all of this in a mere 87 pages of text organised into seven succinct chapters. In the sixth century BCE, Aesop observed that ‘good things come in small packages’. He might be right.
Cate Curtis – University of Waikato