skip navigation

LIBRARY

Abstract Database

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

To download this abstract, check the box next to the NCJ number then click the "Back To Search Results" link. Then, click the "Download" button on the Search Results page. Also see the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 173286 Find in a Library
Title: Female Gang Delinquency: A Search for "Acceptably Deviant Behavior" (From Modern Gang Reader, P 78-82, 1995, Malcolm W. Klein, Cheryl L. Maxson, et al., eds. - See NCJ-173280)
Author(s): W J Swart
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Roxbury Publishing Co.
Los Angeles, CA 90049-9044
Sale Source: Roxbury Publishing Co.
P.O. Box 491044
Los Angeles, CA 90049-9044
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explores forms of female gang delinquency through an analysis of ambiguous deviance norms that operate within the gang structure, with emphasis on the difficulties that female gang members experience in balancing the gang's expectations with expectations of their behavior as females.
Abstract: Female gang members are caught within competing behavioral norms and must fine tune their deviant behavior to make it acceptable to their unique position as females within a delinquent gang. The resulting behavior is a typical form of female juvenile delinquency that is deviant enough for gang membership but not so deviant as to be regarded as a contradiction to female character expectations. Female gang members still may experience sanctions for not behaving in gender-appropriate ways, as demonstrated by gang members' attitudes about appropriate female conduct related to sexual activity, drug use, violence, and motherhood. Figure and 9 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Female offenders; Female sex roles; Gang member attitudes; Juvenile crime patterns; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Sex discrimination
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=173286

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.