Date of Award

Spring 5-2008

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Peter Schulman

Committee Member

Victoria Time

Committee Member

Don Zeigler

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45 M37 2008


This work is the result of the first look by an American into anti-social and yobbish behavior in the UK, and who's responsible for it. The delinquent subculture whose members are alternately either known as chavs or neds will be analyzed in detail. In addition, the NEET, the British government's designation for those who are not in employment, education, or training, will also be analyzed for the roots and reasons behind what may come to be known as the NEET generation in the UK in the years to come. For now they are sometimes called the ASBO generation because of the proliferation of Anti-Social Behavior Orders since the England and Wales Crime and Disorder Act of 1998.

Indirectly and implicitly, British youth culture, the UK criminal justice system and British socio-economic issues in general will be compared to their equivalents in the US. This thesis is the first of its kind to be not only conducted by an American, but the first of its kind to be directed towards an American audience. For years now antisocial behavior has been quietly wreaking havoc on the UK while Americans are still holding to the myth that we hold the monopoly on violence, disorder and crime in the industrialized First World. This work's purpose is to educate Americans on a unique British delinquent subculture but also to provide the Brits with a fresh American response to what is becoming all too commonplace in the British Isles. The Brits lead the world in legislation and mobilization against anti-social behavior but progress in reducing it still eludes them. This paper is an American's concern for a country he holds dear, in hopes of eventually finding a cure for its worst ailment.


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