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A Question of Family: Youth and Gangs

Young, Tara, Fitzgibbon, Wendy, Silverstone, Daniel (2014) A Question of Family: Youth and Gangs. Youth Justice, 14 (2). pp. 171-185. ISSN 1473-2254. (doi:10.1177/1473225414537569) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The role of the family as a key factor in encouraging gang membership and criminality is hotly debated. Recent political rhetoric in the UK has highlighted the correlation between ‘troubled families’ and the rise in youth crime and gang-related violence. This article is concerned with exploring the role of the family in the formation of gangs, gang-related criminality and desistance. The overall aim of the article is to review the research literature. It posits that the evidence that connects the family to ‘gang’ membership is far from conclusive and argues that the aetiology of gang formation and criminality cannot simply be reduced to poor home environments or ‘broken’ families.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1473225414537569
Uncontrolled keywords: crime desistance family gang youth
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Tara Young
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 12:41 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:40 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57964 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Young, Tara: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6624-4177
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