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Youth in Crisis? : 'Gangs', Territoriality and Violence - Barry Goldson

Youth in Crisis?

'Gangs', Territoriality and Violence

By: Barry Goldson (Editor)

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Published: 6th February 2011
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Goldson's collection is the first in the UK to systematically and critically expose the `crisis discourses', amnesia and minimal knowledge that routinely surround the burgeoning `gang control industry'. Anyone seriously interested in becoming better informed about the relations between young people and violence should read this book first.

Professor John Muncie, The Open University

Youth in Crisis? deepens our understanding of the historical and contemporary dynamics surrounding youth subcultures and social groupings. It is a cutting-edge collection written by a group of internationally distinguished authors. I thoroughly recommend the book.

Professor Chris Cunneen, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

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.

Comprising 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.

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

'Goldson's collection is the first in the UK to systematically and critically expose the "crisis discourses", amnesia and minimal knowledge that routinely surround the burgeoning "gang control industry." Anyone seriously interested in becoming better informed about the relations between young people and violence should read this book first.'
-Professor John Muncie, The Open University

'Youth in Crisis provides both a comprehensive and wide ranging discussion of young people, identity and territoriality. It is about the interplay between youth identity, young people's social networks, and popular panics over youth gangs. The writers in this collection deepen our understanding of the historical and contemporary dynamics surrounding youth subcultures and social groupings. They argue for a more complex and nuanced approach to the often impoverished public debate on the nature of youth gangs and violence. Youth in Crisis is a cutting-edge collection written by a group of internationally distinguished authors. I thoroughly recommend the book.'
-Professor Chris Cunneen, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University

'...[provides] a much-needed critical foundation for developing further theoretical and empirical research in this highly fraught area.'

'Taken as a whole, the collection is broad in range, lucid in structure and rich in content; and it deserves to be widely read and debated.'

'Stylistically, the book is very well laid-out, accessible and readable, with chapters succinct, to-the-point and rich in data and literature....the collection will serve as both a handy introduction to the canon for those new to the field and to stimulate further debate and research.'
-Alistair Fraser, University of Hong Kong, in the British Journal of Criminology, vol 52 iss 1

List of figuresp. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Youth in crisis?p. 1
Perpetual novelty: youth, modernity and historical amnesiap. 20
Youth gangs and late Victorian societyp. 38
'It's just an area - everybody represents it': exploring young people's territorial behaviour in British citiesp. 55
Collateral damage: territory and policing in an English gang cityp. 72
Place, territory and young people's identity in the 'new' Northern Irelandp. 89
Beyond dichotomy: towards an explanation of young women's involvement in violent street gangsp. 110
In search of the 'shemale' gangsterp. 128
Young people and 'weaponisation'p. 144
Mercenary territory: are youth gangs really a problem?p. 161
Gangland Britain? Realities, fantasies and industryp. 183
Gangs and transnationalisationp. 198
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9781843927518
ISBN-10: 1843927519
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 6th February 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1