The Place of Shame in Responses to Anti-Social Behaviour

Published 17/12/2008
Type Article
Author(s) Ian Edwards
Corresponding Authors Ian Edwards, Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, University of East Anglia

Government responses to ‘anti-social behaviour’ have included, amongst others, two
trends that employ shame in pursuit of crime prevention: “naming and shaming” of those
subject to anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) on one hand and restorative justice on
the other. This article considers how the Government has made use of each, the
dynamics of each shaming process, and the compatibility of these approaches. It argues
that they are mutually exclusive, and that restorative justice should be preferred as a
potentially more constructive shaming process.