Group and intergroup parameters of gang activities: An introduction and research agenda.

Wood, Jane L. and Giles, Howard (2014) Group and intergroup parameters of gang activities: An introduction and research agenda. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17 (6). pp. 704-709. ISSN 1368-4302. E-ISSN 1461-7188. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430214548620) (Full text available)

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Abstract

In introducing this Special Issue on gangs, we overview the thrust of its papers, demonstrating how they assist in plugging research gaps from the dearth of psychological attention to gangs. The papers therein raise important theoretical considerations of group process effects, social identity, and communication influences in gangs. Also included are empirical examinations of how attitudes to formal organized crime groups may nurture progang views, how social networks bridge gang divides, the dehumanization and social dominance association with gang membership, and how membership longevity associates with gang members’ attitudes to their group. We conclude with theoretical prospects and empirical vistas for future work. For instance, vitality theory may help explain members’ immersion in gangs, discursive strategies could explain how youth are enticed into gangs, and examinations of community and law enforcement attitudes to gangs may provide insight into how oppositional attitudes are fostered on both sides of the gang divide.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: criminality, dehumanization, gangs, group norms, honor, social networks, violence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Depositing User: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 16:28 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2017 18:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/45646 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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