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In seven chapters, Antisocial Behaviour neatly and succinctly takes readers through ways to understand and interpret the label of ‘antisocial’ behaviour in a wider context, showing how it is socially, historically and culturally produced as well as understood in professional health and policing or correctional contexts.
A timely work given the present global shift in the use of social media and violence.
Cate Curtis’ coverage in this book on Anti-social behaviour is breath-taking. It is centred on challenging taken for granted assumptions concerning the three Rs: ‘risk’, ‘resilience’ and ‘recovery’ whilst questioning what is respectable everyday activities and extreme behaviour in culture and society. Her investigation into social behaviour is fast paced and detailed assessing diverse and oppositional arguments as she moves towards a complex assessment of multiple factors, which shape the meaning of anti-social behaviour. Written in an accessible st
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.
Curtis takes the reader through the perceptions and concepts of what we have come to think of as anti-social behaviour, drawing on the work of Emile Durkheim, Sigmund Freud and Robert Merton amongst others.
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