The Contemporary Youth Gang

Critical Perspectives

Authored by: Julian Tanner

Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  October  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415779678
eBook ISBN: 9780203864326
Adobe ISBN: 9781135192808

10.4324/9780203864326.ch29

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Abstract

The concerns of critical criminology are broad and varied (DeKeseredy, 2011). They address the structural (as opposed to the individual) roots of crime, emphasizing the effects of inequalities associated with class, race, and gender, as well as the processes whereby some harms become designated as crimes (while others are ignored) and advocate for emancipatory social change. However, although critical criminology has paid some attention to the conditions of contemporary adolescence (Currie, 2004), and posed important questions about (hyper)masculinity and youth violence, it has not addressed the more specific issue of youth gangs. 1

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