This book is the third publication from the Eurogang Network, a cross-national collaboration of researchers (from both North America and Europe) devoted to comparative and multi-national research on youth gangs. It provides a unique insight into the influence of migration on local gang formation and development, paying particular attention to the importance of ethnicity. The book also explores the challenges that migration and ethnicity pose for responding effectively to the growth of such gangs, particularly in areas where public discourse on such issues is restricted.

Chapters in the book are concerned to address both situations where there have been longstanding problems with street gangs as well as areas where such issues have just started to emerge. A variety of different research traditions and approaches are represented, including ethnographic methods, self-report surveys and interviews, official records data and victim interviews.

It will be essential reading for anybody interested in the phenomenon of street and youth gangs.

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Part I Introduction and methods

chapter 1|12 pages


ByFrank van Gemert, Inger-Lise Lien, Dana Peterson

chapter 2|16 pages

Migrant groups and gang activity: a contrast between Europe and the USA

ByFrank van Gemert, Scott Decker

chapter 3|16 pages

Dangers and problems of doing ‘gang’ research in the UK

ByJudith Aldridge, Juanjo Medina, Robert Ralphs

part |1 pages

Part II Migration and street gangs

chapter 5|16 pages

Latin Kings in Barcelona

ByCarles Feixa, Noemí Canelles, Laura Porzio, Carolina Recio

chapter 7|18 pages

Origins and development of racist skinheads in Moscow

ByAlexander Shashkin

part |1 pages

Part III Ethnicity and street gangs

chapter 8|23 pages

The role of race and ethnicity in gang membership

ByFinn-Aage Esbensen, Bradley T. Brick, Chris Melde

chapter 10|17 pages

Ethnicity and juvenile street gangs in France

ByCoralie Fiori-Khayat