Gangs and a global sociological imagination

Fraser, A. and Hagedorn, J. M. (2018) Gangs and a global sociological imagination. Theoretical Criminology, 22(1), pp. 42-62. (doi: 10.1177/1362480616659129)

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Across the globe, the phenomenon of youth gangs has become an important and sensitive public issue. In this context, an increasing level of research attention has focused on the development of universalized definitions of gangs in a global context. In this article, we argue that this search for similarity has resulted in a failure to recognize and understand difference. Drawing on an alternative methodology we call a ‘global exchange’, this article suggests three concepts—homologies of habitus, vectors of difference and transnational reflexivity—that seek to re-engage the sociological imagination in the study of gangs and globalization.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fraser, Professor Alistair and Hagedorn, Professor John
Authors: Fraser, A., and Hagedorn, J. M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Theoretical Criminology
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7439
Published Online:04 August 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Theoretical Criminology 22(1):42-62
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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