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Situating Anti-Social Behaviour and Respect

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promoting access to White Rose research papers White Rose Research Online [email protected] Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York White Rose Research Online URL for this paper: Paper: Crawford, A (2009) Situating Anti-Social Behaviour and Respect. Research Report. Centre for Criminal Justice Studies Press, Leeds. Situating Anti-Social Behaviour and Respect Anti-social behaviour has become a major focus of political concern and public debate. The last decade has seen an unprecedented period of intensive activity and regulatory reform designed to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB), which has seen the introduction of various new powers, tools and initiatives. Yet there has been little engagement and dialogue between practitioners and researchers about the evidence base for, and effectiveness of, many of the recent reforms. In this light, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded a series of research seminars designed to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and exchange views on research findings and their implications for good practice. Deliberations of the ESRC research seminar series highlighted the following key findings: • Definitions: ASB is defined in subjective and context-specific terms, which leads to inconsistent practice, generates variable public and professional understandings of the issue, impedes standardised data collection, and inhibits evaluative research. • A balanced approach: There has been a shift from an initial over-emphasis on the use of enforcement powers to manage behaviour towards a more balanced approach involving supportive interventions to address the underlying causes of behaviour and preventive actions to help avoid the need for legal measures to be taken. • Implications for justice: The implementation of ASB policies raise important issues of

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