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.

Social Harm Perspectives

Social Harm Perspectives


Chapter 5 provides:

  • An introduction to classical and contemporary approaches to the relationship between gangs and crime, covering organisation and nature of offending.
  • A discussion of social harm approaches to crime, which focus less on legal definitions and instead on social harm.
  • The development of a multi-level framework to analyse gangs in a global context, incorporating micro, meso and macro perspectives.
  • An application of this framework to three core areas in the study of gangs and crime, namely territory, violence and drugs.

Key Terms

  • Code of the street
  • Crimes of the powerful
  • Crimmigration
  • Drugs
  • Global city
  • Global criminal economy
  • Government from below
  • Macro-meso-micro
  • Migration
  • Network society
  • Punishing the poor
  • Social harm
  • Spaces of flows
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