Town Planning Review

Planning for safe and secure communities: The social reconstruction of antisocial behaviour

Town Planning Review (2005), 76, (3), 265–290.

Abstract

This paper considers the implications for land use planning of the social reconstruction of antisocial behaviour, drawing upon the particular legislative and policy context of the UK, together with a synthesis of the wider literature. It considers the complexity and diversity of interpretations of 'antisocial' behaviour and the limitations and underlying assumptions of an environmentally deterministic approach. It argues that a social constructivist analytical framework for approaching antisocial behaviour would better serve to provide a more holistic and enlightened understanding to inform planning theory and practice.

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