Malcolm W. Klein and Cheryl L. Maxson

in Street Gang Patterns and Policies

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195163445
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943340 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy


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This introductory chapter first sets out the book's main theme, namely the important patterns that characterize street gangs in contemporary America. It is also a book about important experiments in gang policy, as seen in major programs to reduce or control gang problems. In addition and somewhat uniquely, this is a book about how gang patterns and policies are—or can be—interrelated. The chapter then addresses as a difficult definitional issue: what is a street gang? It describes the terms used throughout the book and presents some generalizations about street gangs. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: American street gangs; gang policy; gang problems; generalizations

Chapter.  4904 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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