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NCJ Number: NCJ 241524     Find in a Library
Title: Exploratory Analysis of Swedish Street Gangs: Applying the Maxson and Klein Typology to a Swedish Gang Dataset
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Author(s): Amir Rostami ; Fredrik Leinfelt ; Stefan Holgersson
  Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:28  Issue:4  Dated:November 2012  Pages:426 to 445
Date Published: 11/2012
Page Count: 20
  Annotation: This study investigated the application of the Maxson and Klein gang typology on a dataset of seven Swedish street gangs.
Abstract: In this study the authors investigated the application of the Maxson and Klein gang typology on a dataset of seven Swedish street gangs. Individual-level data on 239 gang members were analyzed. While some Swedish criminologists maintain that no street gangs exist in Sweden, this research project provides evidence to the contrary. Findings support the utility of the Maxson and Klein typology. Results show that the “compressed gang” was the most common type of street gang in the dataset. This finding is also in concert with other European gang studies, adding further evidence for the applicability of the gang typology. Findings also suggest a similar pattern of gang development and structure to that of American and European street gangs. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Gangs ; Sweden
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies ; Data collection ; Juvenile gang behavior patterns ; Juvenile delinquent demographic data ; Juvenile delinquency
Sponsoring Agency: European Cmssn, DG Justice, Freedom and Security
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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