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Gang Delinquency

Cheryl L. Maxson and Kristy N. Matsuda

in The Oxford Handbook of Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195385106
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195385106.013.0011

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Gang Delinquency

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Streets gangs are a form of delinquent peer group. This article begins with describing the characteristics that distinguish gangs from other social groups. It draws from both law enforcement and research studies, relying primarily on information produced in the past two decades to discuss different approaches to defining gangs, including the conceptual and methodological difficulties of measuring gang membership and gang crime and delinquency. It also gives a brief history of gangs; further describing gang prevalence, joining, and group processes. Following this, it focuses on trends in gang crime, the individual offending patterns of gang members, and what is known about differential crime patterns in various types of gangs. It concludes with a discussion of current approaches to gang prevention, intervention, and control.

Keywords: gang delinquency; delinquent peer group; gang crime; delinquency; group processes; gang prevention

Article.  12113 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice ; Corporate Crime

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