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Youth Gangs and Youth Violence in Australia


White, R, Youth Gangs and Youth Violence in Australia, Global Perspectives on Youth gang Behaviour, Violence, and Weapons Use, IGI Global, S Harding, and M Palasinski (ed), United States, pp. 327-345. ISBN 9781466699380 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter provides an introduction and overview of issues pertaining to youth gangs and youth violence in Australia. The first part features the voices of young people from around Australia describing their experiences of youth gang violence. The second part provides a broad overview of biological, psychological and social factors that together shape the propensities fur young people, and young men in particular, to join gangs and to engage in youth violence. The final part of the chapter provides more detailed exposition of two gang members, 'Mohammad' and 'Tan', and the everyday complexities of their lives. The chapter concluded by noting that the gang does not have to be seen as an overwhelming influence in the lives of young people, and that their activities and behaviours are more diverse, and include positive elements, than generally given credit in mainstream youth gangs research and analysis.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:107525
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-17
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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