"Few issues attract greater concern and censure thatn those that surround youth 'gangs'. Paradoxically, youth researchers have conventionally been reluctant to even use the term 'gang' but, more recently, such reluctance has receded. Indeed, it is increasingly claimed that - in particular urban 'territories' - youth gangs are commonplace, some young people are deeply immersed in violence and the carrying and use of weapons (particularly knives and firearms) is routine. Comprising a series of essays from leading national and international researchers, this book subjects such claims to rigorous critical scrutiny. It provides a challenging and authoritative account of complex questions pertaining to urban youth identities, crime and social order. This book: - Locates the question of 'gangs' in both historical and contemporary contexts; - Engages a spectrum of theoretical perspectives and analytical positions; - Presents and analyses cutting-edge empirical research; - Addresses a range of previously neglected questions, including those pertaining to girls, young women and 'gangs'. The volume provides a vital resource for researchers, educators, policy-makers and practitioners with an interest in key questions facing criminology, sociology and social policy"-- Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Perpetual novelty : youth, modernity and historical amnesia / Geoffrey Pearson 2. Youth gangs and late Victorian society / Andrew Davies 3. 'It's just an area-everybody represents it' : exploring young people's territorial behaviour in British cities / Keith Kintrea, Jon Bannister and Jon Pickering 4. Collateral damage : territory and policing in an English gang city / Judith Aldridge, Robert Ralphs and Juanjo Medina 5. Place, territory and young people's identity in the 'new' Northern Ireland / Siobhan McAlister, Phil Scraton and Deena Haydon 6. Beyond dichotomy : towards an explanation of young women's involvement in violent street gangs / Susan A. Batchelor 7. In seach of the 'shemale' gangster / Tara Young 8. Young people and 'weaponisation' / Peter Squires 9. Mercenary territory : are youth gangs really a problem? / John Pitts 10. Gangland Britain? : realities, fantasies and industry / Simon Hallsworth 11. Gangs and transnationalisation / Rob White.