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Gangs: Group and intergroup dimensions

Wood, Jane L. and Giles, Howard, eds. (2014) Gangs: Group and intergroup dimensions. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 17 (6). pp. 701-832. ISSN 1368-4302. E-ISSN 1461-7188. (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) (KAR id:64862)

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Abstract

In 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 pro-gang views, how social networks bridge gang divides, the de-humanization 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: Edited Journal
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 17:41 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64862 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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