Global Perspectives on Youth Gang Behavior, Violence, and Weapons Use

Global Perspectives on Youth Gang Behavior, Violence, and Weapons Use

Simon Harding (Middlesex University, UK) and Marek Palasinski (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: February, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 425
ISBN13: 9781466699380|ISBN10: 1466699388|EISBN13: 9781466699397|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9938-0


Youth violence has become a concern as gangs become a popular option for urban children and teenagers and weapons use among young populations becomes more prevalent. Exploring the psychological motivations and foundations upon which such violence is developed and cultivated can assist in better understanding the modern dilemma of violence, weapons use, and gang behavior among children, teenagers, and young adults.

Global Perspectives on Youth Gang Behavior, Violence, and Weapons Use reconsiders the traditional understandings of youth violence in various forms, such as gang activities, criminal behavior, and weapons use. Focusing on the psychosocial elements of violence among children, teenagers, and young adults, this timely publication is ideally designed for use by policy makers and government executives, professionals, educators, and graduate-level students involved in psychology, criminology, social work, and criminal justice studies.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Culture and Gang Activity
  • Firearms and Bomb Making
  • Gang Formation
  • Gang Initiation
  • Gender Dynamics
  • Hate Groups
  • Poverty and Gangs
  • Safety and Prevention Measures
  • School Violence and Safety

Reviews and Testimonials

Organized by region, the 16 chapters in this volume consider youth gang behavior, violence, and weapon use in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Criminal justice and other scholars from the US, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand discuss gang initiation rites, gang activities and school safety, forensic psychological perspectives on youth gang involvement in juvenile fire setting and bomb making, hate groups, leaving a gang, the gender dynamics of violent acts, weapons and Latino gang culture, street gangs and organized crime groups, prison gangs, and street children.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Simon Harding is a senior lecturer at Middlesex University and joint Head of the Urban Neighbourhoods Research Unit (UNRU). He has extensive practitioner and professional experience in crime reduction and community safety including working for the Home Office as Regional Crime Advisor (London). He is the author of numerous community safety audits, strategies and award winning projects. Simon’s recent work has focussed on urban street gangs in the UK. In 2005-08 he organised the Lambeth Gangs Commission and managed London’s largest anti-gangs project (The Phoenix Project). Since 2012 Simon has published three books, Unleashed: the phenomena of status dogs and weapon dogs (2012); Unleashed (2014) reprinted with new chapter; and his latest theoretical exposition on gang crime, The Street Casino: Survival in Violent Street Gangs (2014). This latest work has just been awarded the Frederick Milton Thrasher Award for 2014 for Superior Gang Research.
Marek Palasinski is a lecturer in psychology at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. He specializes in forensic and social psychology. His research interests include juvenile delinquency, cybercrime and security in general. He gained his PhD from the Department of Psychology at the University of Lancaster. He uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods, serving as a reviewer for scientific journals, like Psychology, Crime & Law, Computers in Human Behavior and Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, where he published some of his research. He also gives conference presentations and collaborates extensively with institutions in the UK and overseas.