Going solo: the social organisation of drug dealing within a London street gang
Windle, J. and Briggs, Daniel 2015. Going solo: the social organisation of drug dealing within a London street gang. Journal of Youth Studies. 18 (9), pp. 1170-1185.
|Authors||Windle, J. and Briggs, Daniel|
This paper presents a single case study of one street gang in one London borough. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 gang members, or former gang members, and seven practitioners. The practitioners and gang members/ex-gang members reported different perspectives on how the gang was structured and drug dealing was organised. The gang members/ex-gang members suggested that the gang is a loose social network with little recognisable formal organisation. Although individual gang members sell drugs, the gang should not be viewed as a drug dealing organisation. Rather it is a composition of individual drug dealers who cooperate out of mutual self-interest. Therefore, some gang members are best described as independent entrepreneurs while others are subcontractors looking to ‘go solo’. The seven practitioners, however, tended to describe a more hierarchically structured gang, with formal recruitment processes. This divergence of perspective highlights an important consideration for policy and research.
|Journal||Journal of Youth Studies|
|Journal citation||18 (9), pp. 1170-1185|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2015.1020925|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||26 Oct 2015|
|Accepted||16 Feb 2015|
|Copyright information||This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Youth Studies on 11.03.15, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13676261.2015.1020925|
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