A Question of Family? Youth and Gangs

Young, Tara, Fitzgibbon, Wendy and Silverstone, Daniel (2014) A Question of Family? Youth and Gangs. Youth Justice, 14 (2). pp. 171-185. ISSN 1473-2254

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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
Keywords: crime, desistance, family, gang, youth
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 13:37
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2018 13:37
URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17362

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