Securing respect

Behavioural expectations and anti-social behaviour in the UK

Edited by Andrew Millie

Securing respect

Edited by Andrew Millie

Distributed for Bristol University Press

296 pages
Cloth $91.00 ISBN: 9781847420947 Published April 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Over recent years, the Government focus on anti-social behaviour has been replaced by a focus on respect.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.
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
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