Gang: Culture. Eidos and Process

Oñati Socio-Legal Series. 2016;6(4):999-1015


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Journal Title: Oñati Socio-Legal Series

ISSN: 2079-5971 (Online)

Publisher: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

Society/Institution: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

LCC Subject Category: Law: Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence: Private international law. Conflict of laws: Social legislation

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Basque, Spanish, French, Portuguese, English

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Don Crewe (Leeds Metropolitan University)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

<p>The terms &lsquo;gang&rsquo; and &lsquo;culture&rsquo; are used with varying degrees of (im)precision in different fields of academe, media, public, and policy; and this paper will contend that this circumstance provides a fertile ground for the reification of these two concepts. It will suggest that this phenomenon of reification has already taken hold in various parts of the study of gangs more recently, and in cultural criminology in a more established way. This paper will deconstruct the concepts &lsquo;gang&rsquo; and &lsquo;culture&rsquo; and attempt to reconstruct them in a way that opens up the discourse of &lsquo;gangs&rsquo; and &lsquo;culture&rsquo; such that better sense may be made of the phenomena that these terms are intended to evoke.</p> <hr /><p>Los terminos "banda" y "cultura" se usan con diferentes grados de (im)precisi&oacute;n en distintos &aacute;mbitos del mundo acad&eacute;mico, medios de comunicaci&oacute;n, p&uacute;blico y pol&iacute;tica. En este art&iacute;culo se defiende que esta circunstancia ofrece un campo f&eacute;rtil para la cosificaci&oacute;n de estos dos conceptos. Se sugiere que este fen&oacute;meno de cosificaci&oacute;n ya ha arraigado de diversa forma en los estudios de bandas recientes, y en la criminolog&iacute;a cultural de forma m&aacute;s consolidada. Este art&iacute;culo deconstruye los conceptos "banda" y "cultura" e intenta reconstruirlos de forma que se abra el discurso sobre "bandas" y "cultura" para tener una sensaci&oacute;n mejor del fen&oacute;meno que estos t&eacute;rminos intentan evocar.</p> <p><strong>DOWNLOAD THIS PAPER FROM SSRN</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>