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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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Street Life, Crime and (Dis)Organised Crime

Street Life, Crime and (Dis)Organised Crime

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Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime

Robert McLean

Policy Press

Following on from the theme of the last chapter which highlighted the formation, membership process, and other structural characterises of gang types in the research context, this chapter continue by presenting the gang, again within the typology framework, and explores gang activity in a more generic sense. In doing so the chapter looks to present what is essentially a descriptive account of the collective and individualistic behaviour which is most commonly associated with each level of gang typology. While structure and activity, are always intertwined and feed off each other, nonetheless the purpose of this chapter is primarily to be descriptive, with structure largely being allotted a secondary role. This is largely because; a) the chapter is aimed at a broad audience, and b) the chapter is merely looking to attribute some degree of activity to the relevant typology, which can be vast at the lower end of gang spectrum.

Keywords:   Organised Crime Groups, Organised Crime, Gang Structure, Young Street Gangs, Young Criminal Gangs, Robbery, Crime, Drug Supply, Disorganised Crime

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