It’s Gang Life, But Not As We Know It

@article{Densley2014ItsGL,
  title={It’s Gang Life, But Not As We Know It},
  author={J. Densley},
  journal={Crime \& Delinquency},
  year={2014},
  volume={60},
  pages={517 - 546}
}
  • J. Densley
  • Published 2014
  • Political Science
  • Crime & Delinquency
Based on fieldwork with gangs and interviews with gang members in London, United Kingdom, this article illustrates how recreation, crime, enterprise, and extralegal governance represent sequential actualization stages in the evolutionary cycle of street gangs. Gangs evolve from adolescent peer groups and the normal features of street life in their respective neighborhoods. In response to external threats and financial commitments, they grow into drug-distribution enterprises. In some cases… Expand
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