Murder by Structure: Dominance Relations and the Social Structure of Gang Homicide in Chicago

  title={Murder by Structure: Dominance Relations and the Social Structure of Gang Homicide in Chicago},
  author={Andrew V. Papachristos},
  journal={Economics of Networks},
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