‘Taking back the neighbourhood’
The introduction of ASBOs
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In the Republic of Ireland, the 'moment' of the 'social problem' labelled 'anti-social behaviour' arrived when Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) were included in the Criminal Justice Act (2006). This chapter addresses four complex and connected questions. First, in relation to the 'policy transfer' dimension, how helpful are the contributions of D. P. Dolowitz, P. Bourdieu and L. Wacqaunt in helping us understand the introduction of ASBOs? Second, what has been the impact of 'made in America' approaches to crime and 'disorder', such as 'zero tolerance policing' (ZTP) and fixing 'broken windows', on Irish and other European approaches? Third, what are the ways by which primary political definers of 'anti-social behaviour', in Ireland, have sought to construct this particular 'social problem'? Finally, what is the link between the Irish interest in combating 'anti-social behaviour' and pervasive transformations in responding to crime and 'disorder' within the European Union?.

Defining events

Power, resistance and identity in twenty-first-century Ireland

Editors: Rosie Meade and Fiona Dukelow

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