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Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City

Alistair Fraser


As the youth gang phenomenon becomes a sensitive global issue, communities from Los Angeles to Rio, Cape Town to London are facing the reality of what such violent groups mean for their children and young people. Complex dangers and instabilities, as well as high levels of public fear and anger, fuel an amplification of anxious public and political rhetoric in relation to gangs, in which the stereotype of the American street-gang looms large. Set against this backdrop, this book tells a powerful story of young people, gang identity, and social change in post-industrial Glasgow, challenging the ... More

Keywords: gangs, identity, youth, ethnography, globalization, masculinity, violence, leisure, space, post-industrialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728610
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alistair Fraser, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong