Confronting the reality of anti-social behaviour

PARR, Sadie (2009). Confronting the reality of anti-social behaviour. Theoretical Criminology, 13 (3), 363-381.

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A significant body of thinking around the UK Government’s anti-social behaviour (ASB) policy agenda draws its inspiration from post-Foucauldian governmentality theory. This is an indispensable body of work that has been particularly productive when grounded in empirical research studies which have critically analysed the way governmental rationalities are translated into policy ‘on the ground’. This article argues, however, that there is a need to move beyond ‘the social construction of reality’ thesis prevalent in this approach and direct our attention to ontologically focused questions. It contends that critical realism could effectively complement governmentality perspectives and deepen our understanding of ASB policy by enabling researchers to move beyond a focus on the ‘construction’ of ASB to the ‘reality’ of ASB.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
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Page Range: 363-381
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2012 10:28
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:00

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