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White, R, Gangs, Encyclopedia of Adolescence, Springer, R Levesque (ed), London, pp. 1106-1116. ISBN 978-1-4419-1695-2 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_69


This essay provides a critical examination of the definitions and dynamics of youth gangs. Particular attention is given to the identification of gangs (in the context of a wide spectrum of youth group formations) and the nature of gang membership (given that young people engage and affiliate with groups in variable ways). The essay also discusses the nature of gangrelated behaviour, outlines 9 propositions regarding the character and key features of gangs, and discusses the social construction of gangs as a problem.

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:76260
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-03-02
Last Modified:2018-02-05

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