Gangs in African, Asian, and Australian Settings

Higginson, Angela & Benier, Kathryn (2015) Gangs in African, Asian, and Australian Settings. In Decker, Scott H. & Pyrooz, David C. (Eds.) The Handbook of Gangs. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, West Sussex, pp. 538-557.

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This chapter presents an overview of emerging research on gangs in Africa, Asia, and Australia. Gangs in these three continents are vastly understudied, and in each continent the gangs take on quite distinctive forms that differ from those seen in much of the research arising from the West. The chapter focuses on gangs which are described in a manner that is consistent with the Eurogang definition of youth gangs. Many African countries have been plagued by poverty, famine, civil war, and disease, and these major social and political changes have a dramatic effect on Africa's youth, which are estimated to make up two thirds of the population. The chapter discusses the types and characteristics of the gangs in each country, and provides a brief overview of extant research into risk and protective factors for youth gang membership.

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ID Code: 95922
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: gang crime
DOI: 10.1002/9781118726822.ch29
ISBN: 9781118726877
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2016 23:01
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2016 22:30

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