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 4 provides:
- A history of sociological concepts of gangs, with particular focus on key ideas developed in the postwar period.
- A detailed discussion of five key concepts in the study of gangs, drawing on classical studies of gangs in the US and UK.
- A dialogue between classical concepts of gangs and crime and contemporary concerns.
- An overview of emergent sociological analysis of youth, gangs and street culture in a global and comparative context.
- Birmingham School
- Multiple marginality
- Resistance through ritual
- Social disorganisation
- Street capital
- Street culture
- Urban marginality
- Zone of transition
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