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

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Barry Goldson
Taylor & Francis, Feb 10, 2011 - Law - 248 pages
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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 analyses 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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About the author (2011)

Barry Goldson holds the Charles Booth Chair of Social Science at the University of Liverpool where he was previously Professor of Criminology and Social Policy. He is the founding editor of Youth Justice: An International Journal.

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