Putting the ‘street’ in gang: place and space in the organization of Scotland’s drug-selling gangs

McLean, Robert, Deuchar, Ross, Harding, Simon and Densley, James (2018) Putting the ‘street’ in gang: place and space in the organization of Scotland’s drug-selling gangs. British Journal of Criminology, 59 (2). pp. 396-415. ISSN 0007-0955

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Street gangs, by definition, enjoy a special relationship with the street. Prior research shows that some communities are synonymous with gangs and that turf holds a combination of expressive and instrumental value for gang members. As gangs evolve over time and through different levels of organization, however, gangs’ relationship with the street changes. This shifting street dynamic is underexplored in prior research, thus, drawing on qualitative data from Scotland and Bourdieu’s theory of social field, the current study presents three cases of gangs at different stages of evolution and examines how levels of gang organization affect spatial relationships. As gangs accumulate sufficient street capital to evolve, we find territory is defined less physically and more relationally, with implications for gang research and practice.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1093/bjc/azy015
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 [Robert McLean, Ross Deuchar, Simon Harding, James Densley; Putting the ‘Street’ in Gang: Place and Space in the Organization of Scotland’s Drug-Selling Gangs, The British Journal of Criminology] is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy015
Keywords: Gangs; Scotland; Drugs; violence; territory; youth; organised crime
Subjects: Law and criminal justice > Criminal justice
Law and criminal justice > Criminal justice > Criminology
Law and criminal justice
Social sciences
Social sciences > Sociology of deviance
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Depositing User: Simon Harding
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2018 13:49
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:58
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5308


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