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



February 2016 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
“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.”
- Cathy Coleborne, University of Newcastle, Australia

“A timely work given the present global shift in the use of social media and violence. Cate Curtis’ book serves as a multinational mini-meta-analytic review of anti-social behaviours”
- Richard Langford, University of Hawaii West Oahu

“Cate Curtis’ coverage in this book 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.”
- Shane Blackman, Canterbury Christ Church University

Cate Curtis seeks to disrupt assumptions about anti-social behaviour by bringing together a host of key concepts and theories applicable to the field. Going beyond individualised discussions, the book explores broader concepts such as the social construction of ‘anti-social behaviour’, ‘risk’ and ‘resilience’, and the social contents and influences under which these are most likely to occur.

An excellent companion for researchers and postgraduate students in of anti-social behaviour across criminology, social psychology, sociology and social work.
 
Introduction
 
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

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. In her innovative SWIFT intervention, Curtis also grapples with new forms of antisocial behaviour as imagined in online spaces, and examines the new ways in which communities and governments have sought to police, ‘correct’, or limit this type of behaviour. The text offers a crisp insightful synthesis of core issues in social psychology.

Cathy Coleborne
University of Newcastle, Australia

A timely work given the present global shift in the use of social media and violence. Cate Curtis’ book serves as a multinational mini-meta-analytic review of anti-social behaviours.  Each chapter builds developmentally by topic to the concluding chapter that outlines various intervention alternatives. This is a book that will fit well in both undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, family studies, education (social justice), social welfare, nursing, criminal justice, political science, behavioural economics, sociology, and anthropology.

Richard Langford
University of Hawaii West Oahu

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 style with scholarly depth, the book will be touchstone for students and researchers in sociology, criminology, media and cultural studies, politics and social policy.

Shane Blackman
Canterbury Christ Church University

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.

James Oleson
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch. 2: Perceptions and Concepts: Constructing Anti-Social Behaviour


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