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Published: 21 May 2015

304 Pages


ISBN: 9780198728610

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Winner of the 2016 BSC Criminology Book Prize and Shortlisted for the BBC/BSA 'Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography.

Urban Legends

Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City

Alistair Fraser

Clarendon Studies in Criminology

  • Marks the return of the sociological imagination in studying the gang phenomenon, using the conceptual vocabularies of Pierre Bourdieu
  • Combines theoretically innovative levels of analysis with ethnographic fieldwork carried out over four years in Glasgow
  • Employs comparative analysis of the convergences and divergences within street-based culture in a global context
  • Locates both historical and contemporary gang identities within the context of broader social, economic, and cultural change

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