Active Citizenship in the Governance of anti-social behaviour in the UK: exploring the non-reporting of incidents

CASEY, Rionach and FLINT, John F (2008). Active Citizenship in the Governance of anti-social behaviour in the UK: exploring the non-reporting of incidents. People, Place and Policy Online, 1 (2), 69-79.

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Abstract

Promoting active citizenship in order to enhance the efficacy of formal and informal social control within local neighbourhoods is a key component of anti-social behaviour policy in the UK. Calls for citizens to ‘take a stand’ against anti-social behaviour characterises the emerging ‘Respect’ agenda alongside an increasing presence of ‘official’ authority figures, including additional police officers and wardens, in local communities. Reporting incidents of anti-social behaviour to local agencies is a key mechanism of active citizenship within local community safety interventions. However, this article highlights the scale of the non-reporting of anti-social behaviour in the UK and uses findings from two recent research studies in Scotland to identify nine explanatory factors for non-reporting. The article argues that the problem of non-reporting illustrates the ambiguity of policy conceptualisations of the relative roles of state and citizen and formal and informal social control processes within anti-social behaviour strategies.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Identification Number: 10.3351/ppp.0001.0002.0003
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 15:59
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2011 15:59
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3427

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