Street habitus: gangs, territorialism and social change in Glasgow

Fraser, A. (2013) Street habitus: gangs, territorialism and social change in Glasgow. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(8), pp. 970-985. (doi: 10.1080/13676261.2013.793791)

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The relationship between youth ‘gangs’ and territory – understood as a monopolistic control over geographical space, exercised for economic gain – is a longstanding focus of gang scholarship, and remains central to criminological definitions of youth ‘gangs’ to this day. In this article, I re-assess this relationship in the context of an ethnographic study of youth ‘gangs’ and territorial space in Glasgow. Employing Bourdieu's concept of habitus in a spatial context, I argue that territorialism and gang behaviour should be understood as distinct – if linked – phenomenon, connected with the lived experiences of limited spatial autonomy in the post-industrial city. This analytical separation enables ‘gang’ behaviour to be understood beyond the traditional criminological gaze, incorporating sociological theories of space, class and identity.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:- Reprinted as 街头惯习:格拉斯哥的帮派、地域及社会变迁, Journal of Issues in Crime and Delinquency (Chinese).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fraser, Professor Alistair
Authors: Fraser, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Youth Studies
ISSN (Online):1469-9680

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