Gangs, Peers, and Co-offending

Terrance J. Taylor

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Gangs, Peers, and Co-offending

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Gangs and peers have received considerable attention from both researchers and practitioners. Less research exists, however, on the nature or extent of co-offending. By definition, gangs involve multiple individuals (the exact number of individuals it takes to constitute a gang is a hotly debated topic), typically of a similar age and/or shared experience, who may or may not co-offend (again, an important area of dissention). Although the coverage of gangs is quite varied, the following references highlight some of the major topical areas, such as defining and measuring gangs and gang membership, the nature and scope of the gang problem, how and why gangs develop, and the types of activities they are involved in. The seminal piece of gang research was first written in 1927 (see Classic Readings). The 1950s and 1960s then saw a flurry of theoretical approaches (see Classic Readings).

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Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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