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Title: Gangs: The Search for Self-Respect
Corporate Author: National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
South Africa

University of Cape Town
Institute of Criminology
South Africa
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
Cape Town, South Africa
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
Publication Number: ISBN O-7992-1276-8
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

National Institute for Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation of Offenders
P.O. Box 10005
Caledon Square
Cape Town,
South Africa

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: A resource about gangs in the Western Cape outlines the causes of gangsterism, provides information on gangs, and suggests creative responses to the problem.
Abstract: Five reasons political, economic, social, gender relations, and personal are examined as factors that lead to gangsterism. The characteristics, culture, and style of these gangs are described together with information about the types of gangs, their organization, and structure. Over the years, intervention in gang activity has consisted of either a hard tactics approach or a soft tactics approach. The former which involves physical confrontation and intimidation has met with little success. However, the latter, consisting of persuasion, understanding and investigation techniques, has proven more successful. Alternative community peace initiatives can consist of nonviolent approaches such as facilitation of a peace treaty with the gang, gang awareness and anti-crime campaigns, problem solving workshops, or organizing after school and recreational activities to keep the youth off the streets. 4 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile gang behavior patterns
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; South Africa
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