Gangs and Youth Subcultures
Gangs are growing in many different social, economic, and political environments coupled with an alarming breakdown of public order. Failures to contain or reduce gang crime in European, Asian, South American, African, and North American cities may be symptoms of fundamental problems threatening the fabric of many societies. The spread of gangs to suburbia and remote locations is a palpable, worldwide threat. But despite nearly a century of scholarly inquiry into street gangs and youth subcultures, no single work systematically reflects on comparative international experiences with gangs. Gangs and Youth Subcultures takes up this challenge.
Kayleen Hazlehurst and Cameron Hazlehurst argue that theories of gang behavior in immigrant communities and the influence of transnational crime syndicates are better tested in more than one host society. Similar phenomena would be better understood if placed in a comparative context. To this purpose, the editors assembled expert scholars and policy advisers from North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australasia. Gangs and Youth Subculture lays the groundwork for an explanation of why gangs continue to grow in strength and influence, and why they have spread to remote locations.
Kayleen Hazlehurst and Cameron Hazlehurst present new findings and innovative preventive strategies in a clear, concise fashion. No other work brings together experts on gangs and youth subcultures from so many countries. As such, this trailblazing book will interest scholars and teachers of criminology and sociology, justice system administrators, as well as law enforcement officers and youth workers internationally.
"This cross-cultural enrichment gives the reader a base of knowledge sure to fire thoughtful contemplation....Hazlehurst and Hazlehurst's Gangs and Youth Subcultures offers insights into the gang phenomenon by drawing on such perspectives as postmodernist and feminist theories. The crosscultural spirit of the book certainly questions the viability of any one theory to account for gangs and youth subcultures in all places and at all times. The book brings home the importance of history in the study of such social phenomena as those related to gang formation and gang dissolution."
Paul R. Vowell, Texas A & M University-Kingsville, Deviant Behavior, An Interdisciplinary Journal, 22:189û192, 2001
"The Hazlehursts commendably argue for a research agenda that includes 'global processes, global units of analysis, and global institutions'(pp. 18-19).... In this volume we can find incipient themes of free-market globalization vs. the welfare state, the role of the informal economy, the diffusion of culture, the importance of masculinities, and both cultural and political reactions."
JOHN M. HAGEDORN University of Illinois, Chicago, Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 28, 5, pp. 609-611, 1999