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Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime$
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Robert McLean

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203028

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203028.001.0001

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Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime

Robert McLean

Policy Press

This chapter opens with the major heading ‘Introduction’, and explores how since the turn of the century there has been a drastic increase in the perception that US style street gangs are now being found on UK soil. These gangs consist of individuals who are organising themselves into gang or gang-like structures/networks to conduct gang business: which are often linked to illegal drug supply. The chapter then draws attention to the fact that while there has been a scurry of activity south of the border in England where gang researchers to explore whether or not UK gangs are really now beginning to resemble their US counterparts, in Scotland this has not been the case as gang research has stagnate: focusing only upon the gang in its embryo stage of development. The chapter then moves to setting the research background with the major heading ‘Glasgow: The Backdrop’ before introducing the reader to the research sample.

Keywords:   Narrative, Gangs, Terminology, Territoriality, Glasgow, Youth Offending, Participants, Research Methods

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