A typology of street robbery and gang organization: Insights from qualitative research in Scotland.

Harding, Simon, Deuchar, R., Densley, J. and McLean, R. (2018) A typology of street robbery and gang organization: Insights from qualitative research in Scotland. British Journal of Criminology, 59 (4). pp. 879-897. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

Utilizing interviews with 42 current and ex-street offenders, this study explores the relationship between street gang organization and robbery. Robbery type is affected by level of organization exhibited by the gang. For recreational and territorial young street gangs, robbery is opportunistic, occurring in a diffuse manner, and conducted individually, even when others are present as ‘backup’. For criminal gangs, robbery is often planned in advance with proceeds of crime divided more evenly amongst group members. Serious Organized Crime gangs are typically more specialized; thus, robbery may often be the gang’s main ‘occupation’. For organized crime groups, robbery most often occurs in the illegitimate market, but can be aimed at legitimate and highly profitable institutions. We make sense of these findings with reference to street capital theory and present implications for future research and practice

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in the British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The version of record Simon Harding, Ross Deuchar, James Densley, Robert McLean; A Typology of Street Robbery and Gang Organization: Insights from Qualitative Research in Scotland, The British Journal of Criminology is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy064.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organised crime; Robbery; Gangs
Subjects: Law and criminal justice > Criminal justice > Criminology
Law and criminal justice > Criminal justice > Policing and criminal investigations
Social sciences > Sociology of deviance
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Depositing User: Simon Harding
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2019 18:50
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 10:30
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5731

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