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.

Gangs and Globalisation

Gangs and Globalisation


Chapter 8 provides:

  • An introduction to global and comparative criminology, with a particular focus on relationships between globalisation and crime.
  • An overview of key concepts that explore the relationship between globalisation and crime.
  • An application of these conceptual tools to the study of gangs in a global context.
  • A discussion of methodological approaches to gangs in a global context, incorporating challenges with both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Key Terms

  • Advanced marginality
  • Comparative criminology
  • Crimmigration
  • Global anomie
  • Global city
  • Global criminology
  • Glocalisation
  • Im/mobility
  • Migration
  • Organised crime
  • Precariat
  • Security
  • Stratification
  • Transnational crime


The previous three chapters traced a set of alternative approaches to associations between gangs and crime – social harm, feminist and cultural – in an effort ...

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