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'We'll show you gang': The subterranean structuration of gang life in London

Densley, James A., Stevens, Alex (2015) 'We'll show you gang': The subterranean structuration of gang life in London. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 15 (1). pp. 102-120. ISSN 1748-8958. (doi:10.1177/1748895814522079)

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This article uses data from interviews with 69 self-described members and associates of street gangs in London to explore how young people choose their actions and construct their identities

from the material and cultural resources they find in their locales. It explores ‘drift’ as a potential explanation of actions of gang members and finds it wanting. It suggests that Giddens’ concept of structuration, when combined with Matza and Sykes’ notion of subterranean traditions, offers a powerful tool for the explanation of how and why some young people in socio-economically deprived urban areas seek association with gangs through the performance of violence.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1748895814522079
Uncontrolled keywords: drift, gangs, structuration, subterranean, violence, youth
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 13:14 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 10:10 UTC
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