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.

Feminist Perspectives

Feminist Perspectives


Chapter 6 provides:

  • An introduction to feminist approaches to criminology, with particular reference to the issues relevant to the study of gangs.
  • A statistical overview of the relationship between age, gender and ethnicity in gang research, with attention to the intersections between these variables.
  • An overview of classic feminist studies of gangs, incorporating both a history of their development over time and principal theoretical debates.
  • An up-to-date analysis of the impact of feminist approaches on gang research, with coverage of emergent trends and perspectives.

Key Terms

  • Age
  • Desistance
  • ‘Doing gender’
  • Femininity
  • Gender
  • Masculinity
  • Patriarchal bargain
  • Patriarchy
  • ‘Race’ and ethnicity
  • Relationality
  • Sex
  • Sexuality
  • Street culture
  • Structured action
  • Trauma
  • Victimisation


The 2014 French film Bande de filles – literally translated as ‘gang ...

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