Over recent years, the Government focus on anti-social behaviour has been replaced by a focus on respect. Tony Blair's 'Respect Action Plan' was launched in January 2006, Gordon Brown has spoken of "duty, responsibility, and respect for others", and the Conservatives have launched their 'Real Respect Agenda'. Within government, the respect agenda has a cross-departmental influence, but like anti-social behaviour before it, 'respect' has not yet been tightly defined. And what is it about the contemporary UK that sees respect as lacking, that in order to tackle anti-social behaviour we first need to 'secure respect'?
Until now, there has been little attention in the academic and policy literature on the Government's push for respect. "Securing respect" contains ten essays from leading academics in the field that consider the origins, current interpretations and possible future for the Respect Agenda. The contributors explore various policy and theoretical discourses relating to 'respect', behavioural expectations and anti-social behaviour. The book follows the five key themes of: respect in context; young people and children; communities and families; city living; and issues of identity and values.
"Securing respect" is inter-disciplinary, linking theory and practice, and will be of value to practitioners, academics and students with interests in criminology, socio-legal studies, social policy, urban geography, housing, social history, sociology and landscape.
Andrew Millie is a Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy in the Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University. Andrew has published on a range of topics including anti-social behaviour, crime and the city, policing, sentencing, and crime prevention. Over the last few years Andrew's main focus has been anti-social behaviour. He is also co-author of "Anti-Social Behaviour Strategies: A Need for Balance" (2005, Policy Press), and the author of "Anti-Social Behaviour" (2008, Open University Press).
Introduction ~ Andrew Millie; Part One: Respect in context: Respect and the politics of behaviour ~ Elizabeth Burney; 'A Jekyll in the classroom, a Hyde in the street': Queen Victoria's hooligans ~ Geoffrey Pearson; Part Two: Respectful young people and children: Giving respect: the 'new' responsibilities of youth in the transition towards citizenship ~ Alan France and Jo Meredith; Every child matters in public open spaces ~ Helen Woolley: Part Three: Respectful communities and families: Disciplining women: anti-social behaviour and the governance of conduct ~ Judy Nixon and Caroline Hunter; 'The feeling's mutual': respect as the basis for cooperative interaction ~ Peter Somerville; Part Four: Respectful city living: Tolerance, respect and civility amid changing cities ~ Jon Bannister and Ade Kearns; Respect and city living: contest or cosmopolitanism? ~ Andrew Millie; Part Five: Respect, identities and values: Civilising offensives: education, football and 'eradicating' sectarianism in Scotland ~ John Flint and Ryan Powell; 'You lookin' at me?' Discourses of respect and disrespect, identity and violence ~ Peter Squires; Conclusions: promoting mutual respect and empathy ~ Andrew Millie.
"This timely and much-needed set of essays should help inform the ongoing public debate on anti-social behaviour, steering it in a realist social scientific direction, beyond the polarised sloganeering of both political opponents and proponents." Professor Gordon Hughes, Chair in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University