European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups (2005)

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European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups (2005)

Unread post by NW10 » June 1st, 2006, 4:39 am

European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups (Violence Prevention and Policy) (2005)
Scott H Decker, Frank M Weerman

In light of Kleins thoughts on the value of comparison the book compares youth group/gang situations and findings from across Europe whilst observing literature from the US.

The book compromises half qualitative studies and half quantitative studies from Russia, Scandanavia, Holland, Scotland and Italy.

The book highlights the pros and cons of qual/quan studies and with regard to Lorine Hughes "Studying Youth Gangs", takes into her account that although qualitative and quantitative research traditions are typically in oppositional terms she argues for the purpose of effective gang research the two should be used together.

A lot of similarities in the nature and prevalence of gangs are sought in this book which also refers to studies from a range of American cities such as Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles amongst others. Suprisingly the similarities of Scotland and American gangs is uncanny especially with the study on Edinburgh, references to Glasgow are less suprising as gangs in Glasgow have been considered to have very close similarities to US gangs as far back as the 1960s and they have frequently in the past been most likened to San Diego (although i have no idea what San Diego gangs are like??).

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Unread post by punamusta » June 4th, 2006, 12:58 pm

Have you read that book? Just curious what it says about Scandinavian streetgangs.. not that Finland would be a part of Scandinavia, but a lot of people mistakes it to be. And we don't have no streetgangs at all, only organized crime gangs and mafias... I thought that in the Scandinavia it would be same, but apparently not???

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Unread post by NW10 » June 4th, 2006, 2:53 pm

It doesnt have anything about Finland. It has some things about Pakistani Gangs in Oslo, Norway

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Unread post by punamusta » June 5th, 2006, 6:59 am

Yes, the A's and B's, I completelly forgot about those...

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