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Gang culture, gun and knife crime

This bibliography (pdf format) contains selected references to books, research reports, journal articles and web sites discussing youth gang culture and its relationship to knife and gun crime in the UK and overseas

There is growing concern in the UK about the rise of gun and knife crime linked to juvenile gangs.  However, this problem is not confined to Britain, but has surfaced worldwide where disaffected and marginalised young people have formed gangs.

This bibliography focuses on the causes of the rise of youth gangs in the UK and responses by the government, the police, schools and youth and social services, but includes selected references to research in the USA, South Africa, France, Australia and New Zealand.

It includes references to academic research published in:

  • reports on the web
  • monographs
  • academic journals 
  • 'trade' magazines.  

Links are given to freely available web resources; the books and journals are held by the British Library and can be consulted in the reading rooms or in most cases borrowed on inter-library loan.  

The bibliography has been compiled by Jennie Grimshaw, Lead Content Specialist for Social Policy, in the Social Science Collections and Research team at The British Library, and is intended to provide an introduction to resources for those new to the subject, and to suggest new resources for those more familiar with research in this area.

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