Overcoming intolerance to young people's conduct: Implications from the unintended consequences of policy in the UK

Bannister, J. and Kearns, A. (2013) Overcoming intolerance to young people's conduct: Implications from the unintended consequences of policy in the UK. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 13(4), pp. 380-397. (doi:10.1177/1748895812458296)

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Abstract

This paper takes the opportunity to reflect upon the trajectory and consequences of the anti-social behaviour policy framework in the United Kingdom (UK) from its inception to date. It contends that despite, and paradoxically because of, the interventions launched to confront anti-social behaviours, perceptions of these behaviours have remained stubborn to improvement. In effect, anti-social behaviour policy has fed negative stereotypes of youth and positioned young people as a metaphor for deeper social malaise. The paper suggests a theoretical framework for understanding the mechanisms through which this perverse consequence has been realized. This task is facilitated conceptually through an exploration of the meaning of tolerance and the considerations that inform (in)tolerant assessments by citizens. Further, we progress to consider evidence of the interplay between these assessments and forces impacting upon social (dis)connectedness in the UK. This enables us to demonstrate how the anti-social behaviour policy suite underpins the intolerance of youth.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bannister, Mr Jonathan and Kearns, Professor Ade
Authors: Bannister, J., and Kearns, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Criminology and Criminal Justice
Journal Abbr.:CCJ
ISSN:1748-8958
ISSN (Online):1748-8966
Published Online:01 January 2012

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