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NCJ Number: 148515 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Gangs
Author(s): H E Covey; S Menard; R J Franzese
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 306
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-05798-2
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book attempts to place up-to-date ethnographic data on gangs into a broader historical and comparative context in order to give meaning to the phenomenon of juvenile gangs in contemporary American society.
Abstract: The first chapter introduces the topic of juvenile gangs, presents various accepted definitions, and describes some characteristics of typical juvenile gangs. The following three chapters continue the focus on contemporary American juvenile gangs, discussing the use of violence, differences among gangs with varying ethnic composition, and the nature and extent of female gangs. Two chapters present a historical perspective on gangs, tracing the history of gang activity in European and American societies, and examining evidence on the nature and extent of gang-related activity in other countries. The next section explores different approaches to explaining juvenile gang behavior, including typological approaches to crime, theories of juvenile delinquency, and the applicability of contemporary theories of crime and delinquency to the explanation of gang formation, persistence, membership, and criminal activity. The final chapters outline major efforts to combat the influence of gangs and consider the future of juvenile gangs in the U.S. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Gangs; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Juvenile/Youth Gangs
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