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.

part I|46 pages

Introduction and methods

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages


ByFrank van Gemert, Inger-Lise Lien, Dana Peterson

chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

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

ByFrank van Gemert, Scott Decker

chapter Chapter 3|16 pages

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

ByJudith Aldridge, Juanjo Medina, Robert Ralphs

part II|68 pages

Migration and street gangs

chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

Mexican migrants in gangs: a second-generation history

ByJames Diego Vigil

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

Latin Kings in Barcelona

ByCarles Feixa, Noemí Canelles, Laura Porzio, Carolina Recio, Luca Giliberti

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Gangs, migration, and conflict: Thrasher's theme in The Netherlands

ByFrank van Gemert, Jantien Stuifbergen

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

Origins and development of racist skinheads in Moscow

ByAlexander Shashkin

part III|94 pages

Ethnicity and street gangs

chapter Chapter 8|23 pages

The role of race and ethnicity in gang membership

ByFinn-Aage Esbensen, Bradley T. Brick, Chris Melde, Karin Tusinski, Terrance J. Taylor

chapter Chapter 10|17 pages

Ethnicity and juvenile street gangs in France

ByCoralie Fiori-Khayat

chapter Chapter 11|19 pages

Migration background, group affiliation, and delinquency among endangered youths in a south-west German city

ByHans-Jürgen Kerner, Kerstin Reich, Marc Coester, Elmar G.M. Weitekamp

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

Respect, friendship, and racial injustice: justifying gang membership in a Canadian city

ByScot Wortley, Julian Tanner

part IV|64 pages

Issues and challenges of migration and ethnicity in dealing with treet gangs

chapter Chapter 13|16 pages

An interactive construction of gangs and ethnicity: the role of school segregation in France

ByEric Debarbieux, Catherine Blaya

chapter Chapter 14|14 pages

‘Nemesis' and the Achilles heel of Pakistani gangs in Norway

ByInger-Lise Lien

chapter Chapter 16|18 pages

Concluding remarks: the roles of migration and ethnicity in street gang formation, involvement and response

ByDana Peterson, Inger-Lise Lien, Frank van Gemert