Antisocial Behavior

Stephen Crossley*

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Issues of 'deviance,' 'delinquency,' 'disorder,' and 'incivilities' have occupied politicians and policy makers for many years. The current widespread policy focus on 'antisocial behavior' draws heavily on theories, which advocate early intervention for low-level nuisance and disorder, to break perceived links with more serious subsequent criminal behavior. This 'widening of the net' of forms of social control associated with these issues has necessitated that social workers curb the behavior of alleged unruly people. This control function potentially places practitioners at odds with widely held social work ethics and value and has implications for social work practice and education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
EditorsJames D. Wright
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015


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