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In the wake of the 2011 UK riots and the British government's new American-style 'war on gangs', this book is the definitive account of 'how gangs work'. Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork with gangs and drawing on a variety of sources, How Gangs Work provides a vivid portrayal of gang life, but not as the British traditionally know it.

The book deconstructs the mythology of gangs to make sense of the profiles and motivations of gang members in straightforward, rational terms. How Gangs Work examines the vital processes of evolution, organization, and recruitment within gangs and gang members' instrumental and expressive uses of violence, media, and technology. Special attention is paid to the role of gangs in the drugs trade and the relationship between gangs and organized crime. The book concludes with a critical appraisal of gang desistance and the precarious future of gang prevention and intervention, with practical advice for practitioners, police and policy-makers.


Description

In the wake of the 2011 UK riots and the British government's new American-style 'war on gangs', this book is the definitive account of 'how gangs work'. Based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork with gangs and drawing on a variety of sources, How Gangs Work provides a vivid portrayal of gang life, but not as the British traditionally know it.

The book deconstructs the mythology of gangs to make sense of the profiles and motivations of gang members in straightforward, rational terms. How Gangs Work examines the vital processes of evolution, organization, and recruitment within gangs and gang members' instrumental and expressive uses of violence, media, and technology. Special attention is paid to the role of gangs in the drugs trade and the relationship between gangs and organized crime. The book concludes with a critical appraisal of gang desistance and the precarious future of gang prevention and intervention, with practical advice for practitioners, police and policy-makers.


Reviews

"In many ways, this work is overdue in terms of its contribution to the United Kingdom gang agenda. It signals a shift away from the frequently ideological rhetoric of United Kingdom academics over the last few years which has too often distracted United
Kingdom gang scholars and it moves us back to critical ethnography and first-class fieldwork. In so doing, it extends our understanding of the relationships operating within the gang and offers a well-crafted and highly readable interpretation of their
street world." - British Journal of Criminology
 
'How Gangs Work is a much needed volume in the study of gangs and youth culture. James Densley builds on months of in-depth fieldwork to describe gangs and gang members in London. He provides both a framework for understanding gang members, as well as a solid series of steps for changing their lives and helping them exit their gang. The book is a must read for those who would understand the lives of young people in large cities, in London and elsewhere.'
— Scott H. Decker, Arizona State University, USA

'James Densley's book greatly improves our understanding of how juvenile gangs send signals to their larger world, as well as to their own participants. The signalling process is not merely a curiosity: it is at the very core of a gang's 'service' to members and the fears it creates. The idea of the gang is in many ways more important than its behavior. Densley offers a clearer description and deeper understanding of how gangs signal and hence how they work.'
— Marcus Felson, Texas State University, USA

'James Densley writes with a great sense of humor and superb style. But make no mistake – this is a difficult, dangerous subject and Densely is a tough young researcher who has risked much to bring you an insightful and in-depth look at street gangs. Not to be missed.'
— Declan Hill, journalist and bestselling author of The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime

'This readable and provocative book nicely captures the nuances, complexities, and ambiguities of youth gangs in London. Featuring the voices of young people themselves – telling their own stories – it provides important and fascinating insights into the nature of street life and community relations in contemporary Britain. Highly recommended.'
— Rob White, University of Tasmania, Australia


Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
1. Gangs and Society
2. Gang Evolution
3. Gang Organization
4. Gangs, Media, and Technology
5. Gang Recruitment
6. Gang Desistance
7. Gang Prevention and Intervention
Conclusion
Appendix 1: Sample Demographics
Appendix 2: Glossary of Terms
Bibliography
Notes


Authors

Dr. James A. Densley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, Minnesota, USA. Densley is Trustee and Director of Growing Against Gangs and Violence, an educational partnership with London's Metropolitan Police Service. He is a graduate of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, UK, and a former New York City Teaching Fellow.