Youth in Crisis?: 'Gangs', Territoriality and Violence

1st Edition

Barry Goldson

Published February 7, 2011
Reference - 248 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781843927518 - CAT# Y113682

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Few issues attract greater concern and censure than those that surround youth 'gangs'. Paradoxically, youth researchers have conventionally been reluctant to even use the term 'gang' but, more recently, such reluctance has receded. Indeed, it is increasingly claimed that – in particular urban 'territories' – youth gangs are commonplace, some young people are deeply immersed in violence and the carrying and use of weapons (particularly knives and firearms) is routine.

Comprizing a series of essays from leading national and international researchers, this book subjects such claims to rigorous critical scrutiny. It provides a challenging and authoritative account of complex questions pertaining to urban youth identities, crime and social order.

This book:

  • locates the question of 'gangs' in both historical and contemporary contexts
  • engages a spectrum of theoretical perspectives and analytical positions
  • presents and analyzes cutting-edge empirical research
  • addresses a range of previously neglected questions, including those pertaining to girls, young women and 'gangs'. 

Youth in Crisis? provides a vital resource for researchers, educators, policy-makers and practitioners with an interest in key questions facing criminology, sociology and social policy.


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