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Bullying and gangs


White, R and Mason, R, Bullying and gangs, International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 24, (1) pp. 57-62. ISSN 0334-0139 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1515/ijamh.2012.008


Background: Although bullying is associated with gangs, questions arise as to whether bullying, as such, takes place within gangs.

Objective: To provide a critical analysis of bullying as this pertains to youth gangs and especially to violence within gangs, and as applied to the behaviour of individual gang members.

Study group: Young men between 12 and 25 years of age.

Methods: Review of relevant literature with a view to theorising the nature of the relationship between bullying and violence within a youth gang context.

Results: Bullying is associated with the reasons why individuals join gangs and with gang-related behaviour, but the violence within a gang is of a different character than that usually described by the term bullying.

Conclusion: Bullying has implications for related and/or subsequent types of street violence, but is less relevant for descriptions of violence within a youth gang context as such.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bullying, masculinity, rules of engagement, violence, youth gangs
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
UTAS Author:Mason, R (Mr Ron Mason)
ID Code:78922
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-08-06
Last Modified:2017-12-07
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