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Youth Gangs in International Perspective

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Finn-Aage Esbensen and Cheryl L. Maxson: The Eurogang Program of Research and Multi-method Comparative Gang Research: Introduction.-Definitional issues in the comparative context.-Kristy N. Matsuda, Finn-Aage Esbensen & Dena C. Carson: Putting the "Gang" in "Eurogang": Characteristics of Delinquent Youth Groups by Different Definitional Approaches.-Judith Aldridge, Juanjo Medina-Ariz & Robert Ralphs: Counting Gangs: Conceptual and Validity Problems with the Eurogang Definition.-Hannah Smithson, Leanne Monchuk & Rachel Armitage: Gang Member: Who Says? Definitional and Structural Issues.-Frank van Gemert: Five Decades of Defining Gangs in the Netherlands: The Eurogang Paradox in Practice.-David C. Pyrooz, Andrew M. Fox, Charles M. Katz & Scott H. Decker: Gang Organization, Offending, and Victimization: A Cross National Analysis.-Cheryl L. Maxson: Betwixt and Between Street and Prison Gangs: Defining Gangs and Structures in Youth Correctional Settings.-Group processes in the comparative context.-Karen Hennigan & Marija Spanovic: Gang Dynamics Through the Lens of Social Identity Theory.-Emma Alleyne & Jane L. Wood, Gang Membership: The Psychological Evidence.-Chris Melde & Finn-Aage Esbensen: The Onset of (Euro)Gang Membership as a Turning Point in the Life Course.-Dana Peterson & Dena C. Carson: The Sex Composition of Groups and Youths' Delinquency: A Comparison of Gang and Non-gang Peer Groups.-Revital Sela-Shayovitz: The Impact of Globalization, Migration, and Social Group Processes on Neo-Nazi Youth Gangs.-Jan Dirk de Jong: Typically Moroccan? A group dynamic explanation of nuisance and criminal behavior.-Gang depictions in non-American contexts.-Maria Libak Pedersen & Jonas Markus Lindstad: The Danish gang joining project: Methodological issues and preliminary results.-Amir Rostami & Fredrik Leinfelt, The Stockholm Gang Intervention and Prevention Project (SGIP): Introducing a Holistic Approach to Gang Enforcement .-Frank M. Weerman: Are the Correlates and Effects of Gang Membership Sex-Specific? Troublesome Youth Groups and Delinquency among Dutch Girls.- Future Directions.-Malcolm W. Klein: The Next Decade of Eurogang Program Research.-Cheryl L. Maxson & Finn-Aage Esbensen: The Intersection of Gang Definition and Group Process: Concluding Observations.


From the reviews: "This book will be of interest to scholars who are pursuing a broader understanding of gangs around the world. ... The present volume features studies of group processes while also addressing definitional issues and research methods. ... this book is further testimony to the excellent contributions they are making toward understanding gangs around the world ... . The plethoras of insights the assembled scholars provide are of enormous value in the ever-growing gang literature." (James C. Howell, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, July, 2012)

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