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NCJ Number: 165748 Find in a Library
Title: Gangs and Gang Behavior
Editor(s): G L Mays
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 496
Sponsoring Agency: Nelson-Hall Publishers
Chicago, IL 60606
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8304-1457-6
Sale Source: Nelson-Hall Publishers
111 North Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These 26 papers examine gangs in terms of why gangs form, why certain people join gangs when others do not; relationships among gangs, drugs, and violence; and specific types of gangs; and ways to prevent and address gang problems.
Abstract: Individual papers examine problems of definition in criminology generally and how these problems make the areas of gang research more difficult; present results of a self-report survey of juvenile gang involvement; and summarize the results of a survey of 79 large metropolitan police agencies regarding the nature and extent of gang activity. Additional papers present theories associated with the study of gangs and gang activity and the gender, racial, and ethnic characteristics of gangs. Further papers present results of empirical studies of gangs, drugs, and juvenile delinquency; differences between gang and nongang homicides; routine activities and a subculture of violence; the involvement of women in outlaw motorcycle gangs; prison gang members in the Texas correctional system; and Jamaican posses. Other papers focus on gang prevention, intervention, and law enforcement responses, with emphasis on community organization, public policy, police responses, preventive interventions for street gangs, and assessment and clinical interventions with deviant adolescent subcultures. Figures, tables, notes, chapter reference lists, and index
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Gang Prevention; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile Delinquency prevention planning; Juvenile gang behavior patterns
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