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NCJ Number: 147802 Find in a Library
Author(s): D G Hardman
Date Published: 1964
Page Count: 441
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The phenomenon of small town gangs was studied in one such town (pseudonym: Freeport) in the midwest.
Abstract: Interviews were conducted among 20 members of four gangs and their cohorts. All of the gangs had formed and disbanded between 1958 and 1962. Similarities and differences between them and metropolitan gangs were noted. Racial and massive conflicts were not nearly as prominent as in cities; indeed, Freeport's gangs showed greater interracial tolerance than did its adult citizens. Like their city counterparts, the small town gang members showed intense emotional investment in the gang as well as various mischievous or delinquent practices which preceded their involvement in gangs, and increased while they were gang members. After the gangs broke up, all these activities, with the exceptions of drinking and sex, decreased. Most of the gang members valued education but were dropouts, yet attributed their dropping out to other dropouts, not gangs. The author faults Freeport's social workers for not effectively dealing with gangs. Bibliography, interview outline, 5 figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Rural urban comparisons
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