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NCJ Number: 229240 Find in a Library
Title: Governing Through Anti-Social Behaviour: Regulatory Challenges to Criminal Justice
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:49  Issue:6  Dated:November 2009  Pages:810-831
Author(s): Adam Crawford
Date Published: November 2009
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines the language and use of anti-social behavior (ASB) policy.
Abstract: Findings note that the language of regulation has been appropriated and deployed to both disguise and legitimize ambitious, yet ambiguous attempts at State interventionism. This interventionism may have more to do with quests to demonstrate government’s capacity to be seen to be doing something tangible about public anxieties than with meaningful behavioral change. Rather, regulatory ideas are being used to circumvent established criminal justice principles, notably those of due process, proportionality, and special protections traditionally afforded to young people. Consequently, novel technologies of control have resulted in more intensive and earlier interventions. The ASB agenda in Britain and the introduction of diverse new powers and regulatory tools represent a major challenge to the traditional conception of criminal justice. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Foreign policies; Great Britain/United Kingdom
Index Term(s): Antisocial attitudes; Federal government; Intervention; Social control
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