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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviourPerspectives, policy and practice$
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John Flint

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346858

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.001.0001

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Labelling: constructing definitions of anti-social behaviour?

Labelling: constructing definitions of anti-social behaviour?

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(p.57) Three Labelling: constructing definitions of anti-social behaviour?
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Housing, urban governance and anti-social behaviour
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Helen Carr

Dave Cowan

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346858.003.0004

This chapter talks about the epistemic support of ASB. It attempts to define ASB, while stating that obscurity is an important tool of governance. The main theme of this chapter is the role of vernacular and technical language in building and legitimising intervention. The discussion extends the governing coalition of ASB to incorporate housing professionals and different housing management mechanisms, which are increasingly arranged beyond the social housing tenure and the judiciary. The chapter shows that these two are able to provide an ‘interpretative ventriloquism’, which reinforces the predominant political and social ‘common-sense’ discourse around ASB.

Keywords:   epistemic support, obscurity, intervention, housing professionals, housing management mechanisms, social housing tenure, judiciary, interpretative ventriloquism

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