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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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Rediscovering Scottish Gangs: Towards a Typology

Rediscovering Scottish Gangs: Towards a Typology

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Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime

Robert McLean

Policy Press

This chapter explores gang evolution and presents findings from original, and follow up, data via participant voices. To achieve the chapters, purpose a typology explaining gang organisation, situated on a shifting continuum, is presented. The typology explains how although gangs may evolve, it is by no means a given that most will do so: in fact few actual do. The chapter then proceeds to explore gang structures and organisational properties, presented in the typology given. The headings within correspond to the typology which outlines three main stages of development as: young street gangs (YSGs); Young Criminal Gangs (YCGs); and Organised Crime Gangs (OCGs). The focus of this chapter is to explore structure, formation, and organisation as opposed to detailing any specific type of gang activity.

Keywords:   Gangs, Gang typology, Organised Crime Groups, Organised Crime, Gang Structure, Young Street Gangs, Young Criminal Gangs

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