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NCJ Number: 149210 Find in a Library
Title: Political Economy of Drug Dealing Among Urban Gangs
Author(s): J Fagan
Corporate Author: Social Science Research Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: Rockefeller Foundation
New York, NY 10036
Social Science Research Council
New York, NY 10016
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines past and recent data on gangs and drugs to develop an understanding of the relationship between drug-gang involvement and the structural changes in communities, along with the effects of structural change on the neighborhood social processes that foster the emergence of youth gangs.
Abstract: The paper begins with a brief review of the historical importance of community in the formation of youth gangs. This includes a discussion of the political and economic factors that shape the social structure of communities, the neighborhood effects that result from these forces, and the mediating effects of neighborhood processes on the formation of gangs. The author then reviews the dimensions of community that have resulted from political and economic forces and that themselves have influenced the emergence of drug markets in the past decade and the involvement of gangs in them. The study concludes with a discussion of a unifying framework that links the social and economic forces that affect communities with the emergence of youth gangs and their involvement in drug trafficking. 9 notes and 112 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Criminology; Drug smuggling; Economic influences; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Political influences; Social conditions
Note: This paper will appear as a chapter in the forthcoming "Drug and Community," edited by Robert C. Davis, Arthur J. Lurigio, and Dennis P. Rosenbaum, published by Charles Thomas, Inc.
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