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.

Responding to the Global Gang

Responding to the Global Gang


Chapter 10 provides:

  • An introduction to principles and practices of youth justice, with particular attention to comparative issues.
  • A discussion of the relationship between globalisation and policy transfer in relation to gangs, drawing on case studies in Latin America and Europe.
  • A critical analysis of criminal justice responses to gangs in the US and UK, covering policing, law and prison, with a focus on associated harms.
  • A description of a number of alternatives to criminal justice interventions, involving discussion of social work and ‘peace-making’ perspectives.

Key Terms

  • Beijing Rules
  • Childhood
  • Crime complex
  • Civil gang injunctions
  • Disciplinary welfare
  • Fourth sector
  • Joint enterprise
  • Peace-making
  • Policy convergence
  • Policy transfer
  • Punishment
  • Retribution
  • Social work
  • Welfare
  • Youth ...
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