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 7 provides:
- A critical commentary on traditional approaches to gangs and the media, particularly the concept of ‘moral panic’, in the context of new media.
- An introduction to cultural criminological approaches to gangs and the media, drawing attention to processes such as ‘media loops’.
- An outline of a range of cultural analyses of gangs, drawing on literature, film and TV, music and popular culture.
- A discussion of common themes in cultural representations of gangs, and the impact of these dominant narratives on responses to gangs.
- Cultural criminology
- Deviant leisure
- Folk devils
- Gangsta rap
- Grand Theft Auto
- Media loops
- Moral panic
- Moral regulation
The study of gangs is unavoidably and ...