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.

Decentring the World of Gangs

Decentring the World of Gangs


Chapter 9 provides:

  • An introduction to recent theoretical developments in Southern and postcolonial criminology, and discussion of their implications for the study of gangs.
  • An overview of key ideas from the academic literature on gangs and ‘gang-like’ groups outside the US and Europe.
  • A discussion of the contours of gangs in wide-ranging contexts across Latin America, Oceania, Africa and Asia.
  • A challenge to existing paradigms of gang research through engagement with alternative disciplinary and cultural geographies of gang research.

Key Terms

  • Colonialism
  • Counter-colonial criminology
  • Demilitarisation
  • Iatrogenesis
  • Maras
  • Methodological nationalism
  • Non state actor
  • Occidentalism
  • Organised armed conflict
  • Orientalism
  • Paramilitary groups
  • Post-conflict
  • Postcolonial criminology
  • Quasi-institutions
  • Southern theory
  • Street socialisation
  • Theory from the South


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