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Youth Street Gangs

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Gangs have been heavily pathologized in the last several decades. In comparison to the pioneering Chicago School's work on gangs ... Weiterlesen
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Gangs have been heavily pathologized in the last several decades. In comparison to the pioneering Chicago School's work on gangs in the 1920s we have moved away from a humanistic appraisal of and sensitivity toward the phenomenon and have allowed the gang to become a highly plastic folk devil outside of history. This pathologization of the gang has particularly negative consequences for democracy in an age of punishment, cruelty and coercive social control.

This is the central thesis of David Brotherton's new and highly contentious book on street gangs. Drawing on a wealth of highly acclaimed original research, Brotherton explores the socially layered practices of street gangs, including community movements, cultural projects and sites of social resistance. The book also critically reviews gang theory and the geographical trajectories of streets gangs from New York and Puerto Rico to Europe, the Caribbean and South America, as well as state-sponsored reactions and the enabling role of orthodox criminology.

In opposition to the dominant gang discourses, Brotherton proposes the development of a critical studies approach to gangs and concludes by making a plea for researchers to engage the gang reflexively, paying attention to the contradictory agency of the gang and what gang members actually tell us. The book is essential reading for academics and students involved in the study of juvenile delinquency, youth studies, deviance, gang studies and cultural criminology.


David C. Brotherton grew up in the East End of London, England. Dr Brotherton gained his doctorate in Sociology in 1992 and began work on street gang subcultures at UC Berkeley in the same year. In 1994, Dr Brotherton came to John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY, where his research on youth resistance, marginalization and gangs led to the Street Organization Project in 1997. He has received research grants from both private and public agencies and has published widely in journals, books, newspapers and magazines. Dr Brotherton edits the Public Criminology book series at Columbia University Press and was named Critical Criminologist of the Year in 2011. He is currently Professor of Sociology at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York.


Introduction 1. Gangs and the Community - History From Below 2. Divergent Gazes: From Humanism to Hobbesian Positivism and Social Reproduction 3. Gangs and Situated Resistance: Agency, Structure, Culture and Politics 4. Studying the Gang Critically 5. Imagining Gangs: From Folk Devils to Objects of Desire 6. Reflections From the Field 7. The Need For A Critical Gang Studies 8. Conclusion Appendix: Cultural Criminology and its Practices: a Dialogue Between the Theorist and the Street Researcher, Jock Young and David C. Brotherton.


Titel: Youth Street Gangs
Untertitel: A critical appraisal
EAN: 9781135005955
ISBN: 978-1-135-00595-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Soziologie
Anzahl Seiten: 246
Veröffentlichung: 24.04.2015
Jahr: 2015
Untertitel: Englisch