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The Street Casino: Survival in violent street gangs

Simon Harding


This work offers a new theoretical perspective on how young people survive the violent street gangs of south London. Using the principles of social field analysis and habitus from Pierre Bourdieu, Harding establishes the gang as a social arena of competition where actors struggle for distinction and survival. Establishing the metaphor of a Casino in which young people strive to become Players in The Game, Harding proposes that success is determined by accruing and retaining playing chips – street capital. This tradable, but highly variable, asset determines one’s position in The Game and the a ... More

Keywords: gang, street capital, social field, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447317173
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447317173.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Harding, author
Middlesex University