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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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A Review of Gang Literature

A Review of Gang Literature

(p.27) 2 A Review of Gang Literature
Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime

Robert McLean

Policy Press

Having outlined the purpose of the book in Part I, in the last chapter, chapter 2 reviews existing US and British gang literature. This chapter breaks down the gang concept and analyse literature form three resulting perspectives: the environment; the structure; and activities. This allows aspects of the gang to be analysed while also accounting for a holistic picture as well. The chapter then looks to explain how research has gradually brought closer concepts of ‘the gang’ and ‘drug harms’ - in that drug distribution has become a central feature when conducting gang research. After reviewing gang research the chapter then provides a brief overview on organised crime literature. This explains how aspects of the gang, at all levels, has come to be tied to various aspects of organised crime terminology. As a consequence, such perceptions retain potentially net-widening and criminalising properties.

Keywords:   Gangs, Youth Offending, Literature review, Organised crime, Criminology, Britain, Scotland, Research

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