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Reluctant Gangsters: The Changing Face of Youth Crime [Kindle Edition]

John Pitts
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This book provides an account of the emergence, nature and impact of armed youth gangs in an East London Borough over the last decade. It describes the challenges these armed young men and women pose to their communities, those charged with preventing crime and those struggling to vouchsafe 'community safety'. While the focus of the book is 'local', the processes it outlines and the effects it chronicles have both a national and international relevance.


It argues that the main reason behind the emergence of the armed youth gang has been the coalesence of two previously discreet socially deviant groups; the rowdy, episodically criminal, adolescent peer group on the one hand and the locally-based organized criminal network on the other.


The book analyses the impact of the globalisation of the drugs trade and the consequent shift in the focus of local organized crime from the 'blag' to the 'business'. It also discusses how socio-economic and cultural factors, as well as family and neighbourhood histories and loyalties and localized racial antagonisms all play their part in the emergence of the armed youth gang.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2022 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Willan (11 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0YVPDQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #756,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay 13 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
needed this book for my uni dissertation, quite expensive for a one time use, but will try and sell it on at uni before i leave for good. Not bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great study aide 28 Dec. 2009
By nds
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is very good for anyone studying Criminology. It contains information on historical theories such as the Chicago School and how they relate to gangster crime.
Very detailed and easy to understand. I found his book useful and I would recommend it.
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