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Urban legends : gang identity in the post-industrial city

Author: Alistair Fraser
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Clarendon studies in criminology.
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As the youth gang phenomenon becomes an important and sensitive public issue, communities from Los Angeles to Rio, Cape Town to London are facing the reality of what such violent groups mean for their children and young people. Complex dangers and instabilities, as well as high levels of public fear and anger, fuel an amplification of anxious public and political rhetoric in relation to gangs, in which the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version
Fraser, Alistair
Urban legends. Gang identity in the post-industrial city
Oxford : Oxford University Press 2015
(OCoLC)911208592
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alistair Fraser
ISBN: 9780198728610 0198728611
OCLC Number: 894201825
Description: xxx, 270 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Shifting Definitions --
Street to database --
Subcultures to crime --
Local to global --
Ethnography to dataset --
Continuity amid change --
2. A Global Sociological Imagination --
Theorizing absence --
History and social change --
Diversity and difference --
Structure and agency --
Reconceptualizing gangs --
Street habitus --
The post-industrial city --
Gang identification --
3. No Mean City --
Soft city, hard city --
Persistent inequality --
Territorial identity --
Violent masculinities --
Economies of crime and justice --
Neighbourhood nationalism --
A genealogy of gangs in Glasgow --
1880s: Gangs and early industrialism --
1920s-30s: Gangs and the Depression --
1960-70s: The 'New Wave' of Glasgow gangs --
4. The Best Laid Schemes --
Langview --
Entering Fleetland --
The Langview Boys --
The school-leavers --
Mediating Metropolis --
5. Street Habitus --
Street habituation --
Insiders and outsiders --
Learning street habitus --
Neoliberalizing the street --
Tyrannical spaces --
6. 'Learning to Leisure' --
Fir the Buzz : Leisure and the Langview Boys --
Hanging about --
Football --
Fighting --
'Malling' --
Cinema --
Gaming --
Youth, work, and leisure in the 'new Glasgow' --
'Learning to leisure' --
7. Damaged Hardmen --
Locating street masculinities --
Being a 'gemmie' --
Taking a slagging --
Being 'the best at stuff' --
Being 'in the know' --
Being 'wan ae the boays' --
The hardman in the call centre --
Gang identity and post-industrial masculinities --
Masculinities and social change --
8. Generations of Gangs --
Gang identity and social reproduction --
Growing into gangs --
Growing out of gangs --
Trapped in a legend --
Generations of gang identity --
Theorizing persistence --
Continuity and change --
Gangs in post-industrial Glasgow --
9. Come On, Die Young? --
Homologies of habitus --
City as lens --
A theory of gang persistence --
Implications.
Series Title: Clarendon studies in criminology.
Responsibility: Alistair Fraser.
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