Community contexts

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

Community contexts

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This chapter reviews the current state of knowledge about the community characteristics that foster gang development. In doing so, it recognizes several key issues and limitations within this relatively undeveloped but growing body of literature. The distinction between “chronic” and “emergent” gang cities is important here, especially as it relates to gang structures. Ethnicity and other data are reported. At the community level, the discussion is more conceptual than data based and also describes the use of community-based antigang injunctions and abatements.

Keywords: community characteristics; gang development; street gangs; gang structures; ethnicity; community-based antigang injunctions

Chapter.  7456 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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