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Title: The ambivalence of agreement : a study of youth gangs in their local communities in two areas of Glasgow
Author: Gormally, Sinéad
ISNI:       0000 0004 2739 8063
Awarding Body: University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2011
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The core research question analysed in this thesis is- 'What is the agreement between youth gangs and their local communities?' To explore this question the theoretical underpinnings of collective identity creation and ontological insecurity provided a useful lens to examine the reason for gang affiliation and the underlying social relations between youth gangs and their local communities. The research focuses on two urban areas within Glasgow and utilised a plethora of research tools, including reflective recordings, participant observation and in- depth interviews to ascertain the views of both youth gang members and local residents in each area. Each area experiences high levels of multiple deprivation and has reported gang activity. This thesis initially explores the definition of a youth gang and seeks to provide a working framework to differentiate between young people who are gang members compared to those who do not identify with the local youth gang. It subsequently analyses the multi-level agreements prevalent within both areas between residents and youth gang members. I will argue that there are differing relations apparent between those classed as the community 'in-group' and those deemed to be external to the community. I also suggest that the agreement between youth gang members and the police force is one of ambivalence that is driven from this internal/external dichotomy. I conclude by arguing that youth gang members provide a protective role to their community and are tacitly endorsed to do so by the community 'in-group'.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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