Making up gangs: looping, labelling and the new politics of intelligence-led policing

Fraser, A. and Atkinson, C. (2014) Making up gangs: looping, labelling and the new politics of intelligence-led policing. Youth Justice, 14(2), pp. 154-170. (doi:10.1177/1473225414529047)

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Abstract

The 2011 ‘summer of violent disorder’ in England cast a spotlight on the often arbitrary and uneven process through which individuals become labelled as ‘gang-members’. Based on data from two separate but concurrently conducted qualitative studies in Glasgow, Scotland, this article draws on the critical vocabularies of Bourdieu and Hacking to conceptualize this new frontier in the politics of gang policing: analysing the distinctive ‘fields’ that street-based young people and police actors inhabit; uncovering the complex chain of interactions through which individuals become labelled as ‘gang-members’; and exploring the consequences of such labelling processes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fraser, Dr Alistair and Atkinson, Dr Colin
Authors: Fraser, A., and Atkinson, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Youth Justice
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:1473-2254
ISSN (Online):1747-6283

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