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Youth gangs, violence and anti-social behaviour


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White, RD 2007 , Youth gangs, violence and anti-social behaviour.

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This paper provides an exploration and overview of issues pertaining to gang
formation, and to gang violence.
The first part of the paper basically argues that gangs are variable, diverse
and difficult to define in precise terms. A range of possible identifiers is
considered, and gang characteristics as well as gang membership are
discussed. Distinctions are made between gangs and other types of youth
group formations. Likewise, a distinction is made between gangs, as such,
and gang-related behaviour. The latter involves activities, such as drug use
and street fighting, that may be perceived as gang-like but which do not
require gang membership. A key theme of this section is that knowledge of
gangs must go beyond stereotypes and presumptions about particular
groups of young people to include grounded research and local area

Item Type: Report (Other)
Authors/Creators:White, RD
Publisher: Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth
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