Gang: Culture. Eidos and Process

17 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2016

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Don Crewe

Leeds Beckett University - School of Social Sciences

Date Written: November 24, 2016


English Abstract: The terms ‘gang’ and ‘culture’ are used with varying degrees of (im)precision in different fields of academe, media, public, and policy; and this paper will contend that this circumstance provides a fertile ground for the reification of these two concepts. It will suggest that this phenomenon of reification has already taken hold in various parts of the study of gangs more recently, and in cultural criminology in a more established way. This paper will deconstruct the concepts ‘gang’ and ‘culture’ and attempt to reconstruct them in a way that opens up the discourse of ‘gangs’ and ‘culture’ such that better sense may be made of the phenomena that these terms are intended to evoke.

Spanish Abstract: Los terminos "banda" y "cultura" se usan con diferentes grados de (im)precisión en distintos ámbitos del mundo académico, medios de comunicación, público y política. En este artículo se defiende que esta circunstancia ofrece un campo fértil para la cosificación de estos dos conceptos. Se sugiere que este fenómeno de cosificación ya ha arraigado de diversa forma en los estudios de bandas recientes, y en la criminología cultural de forma más consolidada. Este artículo deconstruye los conceptos "banda" y "cultura" e intenta reconstruirlos de forma que se abra el discurso sobre "bandas" y "cultura" para tener una sensación mejor del fenómeno que estos términos intentan evocar.

Keywords: Gang, Culture, otherness, Bandas, cultura, alteridad

Suggested Citation

Crewe, Don, Gang: Culture. Eidos and Process (November 24, 2016). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2016, Available at SSRN:

Don Crewe (Contact Author)

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