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How Gangs Work : An Ethnography of Youth Violence (Paperback) (James A. Densley)

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In the wake of the 2011 UK riots and the British government's new American-style 'war on gangs', this book is the definitive account of 'how gangs work'. Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork with gangs and drawing on a variety of sources, How Gangs Work provides a vivid portrayal of gang life, but not as the British traditionally know it.

James Densley deconstructs the mythology of gangs to make sense of the profiles and motivations of gang members in straightforward, rational terms. How Gangs Work examines the vital processes of evolution, organization, and recruitment within gangs, and gang members' instrumental and expressive uses of violence, media, and technology. Special attention is paid to the role of gangs in the drugs trade and the relationship between gangs and organized crime. Densley concludes with a critical appraisal of gang desistance and the precarious future of gang prevention and intervention, with practical advice for practitioners, police, and policymakers.

Number of Pages: 213
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Criminology, Anthropology / Cultural, Sociology / Urban
Series Title: St Antony's
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: James A. Densley
Language: English
Street Date: January 5, 2016
TCIN: 50232600
UPC: 9781137572936
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-2088

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