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What Gangs Aren't: Contrasting Gangs with Other Collectives

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2022-10
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This chapter aims to compare and contrast gangs with delinquent peer groups, organized crime groups, and other collectives to tease out what, precisely, makes a gang, a gang. We propose several dimensions to consider when aiming to determine whether a collective looks more like a gang or another form, some focus on how collectives approach crime and others focus on the organizational aspects of collectives. In the end, these dimensions combine in unique ways that capture the wide variations observed in gangs worldwide. The chapter discusses the measurement of each dimension, hoping to stimulate future research in this area, but also to help scholars and practitioners recognize what gangs are and what they aren’t, when they see them.
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Oxford Handbook on Gangs
Document title
What gangs aren’t: Contrasting gangs with other collectives
Editor
David C. Pyrooz, James A. Densley, John Leverso
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Date
2024
First page
36
Last page
53
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Copyright is held by the publisher with many rights continuing to also be held by the author(s).
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Yes
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