This book takes students on a guided tour of the gang phenomenon through history, as well as current representations of gangs in literature and media. It includes: - A detailed global overview of gang culture, covering, amongst others, Glasgow, Chicago, Hong Kong, and Shanghai - A chapter on researching gangs which covers quantitative and qualitative methods - Extra chapter features such as key terms, chapter overviews, study questions and further reading suggestions. Fraser brings together gang-literature and critical perspectives in a refreshingly new way, exploring ‘gangs’ as a social group with a long and fascinating history.
Chapter 2 provides:
- An outline of the differences between research rooted in positivist, interpretivist and critical approaches as they relate to the study of gangs.
- An overview of differing quantitative and data-driven approaches to gang research, including administrative, self-report and survey data.
- An introduction to qualitative studies of gangs, with particular focus on ethnographic and interview-based methodologies.
- A summary of key ethical and political issues involved in researching gangs, drawing out the relationships between philosophy and practice in methods.
- Administrative data
- Difficult to reach
- Focus groups
- Literature review
- Participant observation
- Qualitative methods
- Quantitative methods
- Research design
- Survey research
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