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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour
Perspectives, policy and practice

John Flint
Paperback, 360 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Other formats available
19 Jul 2006


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"This book brings together leading researchers from the UK and overseas to examine how anti-social behaviour is being tackled by an increasing number of agencies and a wide range of techniques. It identifies the ambiguities which exist between the rhetoric of policy and day-to-day practice, and raises the question of whether the Government is really being 'tough on ASB as well as tough on the causes of ASB.'"
Ade Kearns, Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
"The ever-expanding governance of behaviour has its roots in social housing, and this timely volume brings together a range of housing and neighbourhood studies looking critically at the treatment, and concept, of anti-social behaviour. It deserves a wide readership not only within housing studies but by anyone seeking to understand the developing politics of behaviour."
Elizabeth Burney, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University

About This Book

This book is the first comprehensive volume exploring an issue of growing importance to policy makers, academics, housing practitioners and students. It brings together contributions from the most prominent scholars in the field to provide a range of theoretical perspectives, critical analysis and empirical research findings about the role of housing and urban governance in addressing anti-social behaviour. Contributors assess constructions of anti-social behaviour in policy discourse, identify how housing is increasingly central to the governance of anti-social behaviour and critically evaluate a wide range of measures used by housing and other agencies to tackle what is perceived to be a growing social problem. Although the book focuses on the UK, comparative international perspectives are provided from France, Australia and the United States. The book covers definitions of anti-social behaviour and policy responses including key new legislation and the legal role of social landlords in governing anti-social behaviour. There is comprehensive coverage of key measures including eviction, probationary tenancies, Anti-social Behaviour Orders, mediation and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, and of innovative developments such as gated communities, intensive support services and the use of private security. "Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour" will be of interest to academics, policy-makers, practitioners and students in the fields of housing, urban studies, social policy, legal studies and criminology.

Author Biography

John Flint is a senior research fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University.


Introduction: housing and anti-social behaviour ~ John Flint
Housing and the governance of conduct ~ John Flint
Governing tenants: from dreadful enclosures to dangerous places ~ Pauline Card
Labelling: constructing definitions of anti-social behaviour? ~ Helen Carr and Dave Cowan
Anti-social behaviour: voices front the front line ~ Judy Nixon and Sadie Parr
Spaces of discipline and control: the compounded citizenship of social renting ~ Rowland Atkinson
Tenancy agreements: a mechanism for governing anti-social behaviour? ~ Diane Lister
The changing legal framework: from landlords to agents of social control ~ Caroline Hunter
Social landlords, anti-social behaviour and counter-measures ~ Hal Pawson and Carol MacKenzie
Evaluating the shelter inclusion project: a floating support service for households accused of anti-social behaviour ~ Anwen Jones, Nicholas Pleace and Deborah Quilgars
Tackling anti-social behaviour: an evaluation of the Dundee Families Project ~ Suzie Scott
Policing and community safety in residential areas: the mixed economy of visible patrols ~ Adam Crawford
Gated communities: a response to, or remedy for, anti-social behaviour? ~ Sarah Blandy
Housing and anti-social behaviour in Australia ~ Kathy Arthurson and Keith Jacobs
Testing urban forms: city, control and 'urban violence' in France ~ Olivier Ratouis and Jerome Boissonade
Residential stability amongst adolescents in public housing: a risk factor for delinquent and violent behaviour? ~ Tim Ireland, Terence P. Thornberry and Rolf Loeber
Conclusions ~ John Flint.


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