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Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City (Clarendon Studies in Criminology) Hardcover – 21 May 2015

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (21 May 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198728611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198728610
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.3 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,384,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Urban Legends...can compete with all the classic works. Fraser's book is a fresh start for European street ethnography. We can only hope that more will follow. I recommend it to those interested in Bourdieu, Glasgow, gangs, youth delinquency, post-industrialism, or just anyone interested in a reading a really good ethnography. (Sveinung Sandberg, British Journal of Criminology)

Urban Legends is a groundbreaking work transcending classic theory and sharply departing from Eurogang positivism. Fraser applies Bourdieus habitus and other concepts to give us new and powerful theoretical tools with which to understand gangs in the global era. The most insightful study of Glasgow gangs ever written. (John Hagedorn, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago)

We commend this book as making a significant contribution to the field of criminology, and also to the study of the history and sociology of the city. It is a book to be most warmly welcomed. (Professor Tim Newburn and Professor Jill Peay, London School of Economics (from the Foreword))

The book has profound methodological and theoretical implications to the study of youth gangs in a global context. Understanding gangs from a global and comparative perspective is not an easy task because of the difficulty of data collection, but Alistair Fraser, a young and brilliant criminologist, has made an especially significant contribution to the study. (Peng Wang, Global Crime)

Fraser impressively situates his meticulous ethnographic research within historical and theoretical contexts. Urban Legends makes a profoundly important contribution to the international 'gang' literature. Sociological criminology at its very best. (Professor Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, The University of Liverpool.)

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Winner of the 2016 BSC Criminology Book Prize and Shortlisted for the BBC/BSA 'Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography.

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