The Handbook of Gangs, 1st Edition

  • Scott H. Decker
  • David C. Pyrooz
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  • ISBN-10: 1118726758
  • ISBN-13: 9781118726754
  • DDC: 364.1066
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 592 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released July 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Pulling together the most salient, current issues in the field today, this work provides a significant assessment by leading scholars of key topics related to gangs, gang members, and responses to gangs. This includes extensive coverage of the individual theories of delinquency and provides special emphasis on policy and prevention program implications in the study of gangs, as well as a a broad understanding of how other countries deal with gangs and their response to gangs, including Great Britain, Latin America, Australia and Europe.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Wiley Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on Contributors.
1: Introduction.
2: The Logic of Defining Gangs Revisited.
3: Little Gang Research, Big Gang Research.
4: Documenting Gang Activity: Intelligence Databases.
5: Gang Membership in a Developmental and Life-Course Perspective.
6: Neighborhoods and Street Gangs.
7: Gangs and Social Learning Theory: What We Know, What We Need to Know, and Why It Matters.
8: Social Psychology of Gangs: An Intergroup Communication Perspective.
9: Social Network Analysis and Gangs.
10: Gangs, Guns, and Violence: Synergistic Effects.
11: Gangs and Drugs: Connections, Divergence, and Culture.
12: Gender, Sexuality, and Gangs: Re-envisioning Diversity.
13: Joining the Gang: A Process of Supply and Demand.
14: Leaving the Gang: A Review and Thoughts on Future Research.
15: Micro-Level Processes of the Gang.
16: Street Gangs, Terrorists, Drug Smugglers, and Organized Crime: What’s the Difference?.
17: Police Gang Units and Effective Gang Violence Reduction.
18: Gangs in Correctional Institutions.
19: Legislative Approaches to Addressing Gangs and Gang-Related Crime.
20: The Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program: An Evaluator’s Perspective.
21: The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Strategy: The Comprehensive Gang Model.
22: The Legacy of Malcolm W. Klein.
23: The Legacy of Irving A. Spergel.
24: The Legacy of James F. Short, Jr..
25: The Legacy of Walter B. Miller.
26: Understanding Gangs in Contemporary Latin America.
27: Understanding European Gangs.
28: European Responses to Gangs.
29: Gangs in African, Asian, and Australian Settings.
Author Index.
Subject Index.
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