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dc.contributor.authorMaitra, Dev Rup
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-06T16:17:16Z
dc.date.available2019-03-06T16:17:16Z
dc.date.issued2019-03-23
dc.date.submitted2017-09-20
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/290265
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates the practices and compositions of gangs in Greater Manchester, England. Primarily drawing from qualitative data gathered in two adult, men’s prisons, it explores gang members’ activities, how these practices develop on ‘the street’, and how they are later affected by imprisonment. The thesis also explores the links between race, geographical area and gang affiliation, analysing how a gang member’s racial background and area of origin may relate to his gang. The results show the strong influence of gangs at the sample prisons, and how gangs affect the ways in which prisoners negotiate the carceral space: violent practices, gang allegiances and rivalries developed on ‘the street’ are regularly transplanted into prison. These high levels of gang ‘importation’ into the sample prisons result in the social and cultural significance of street gangs often penetrating prison walls. Area of origin and shared racial background are strong unifying ‘banners’ under which many prison gangs operate, and violence is an integral part of life in ‘the gang’. However, reflecting the academic literature, gang members often contest the terminology around ‘gangs’, showing the polarized discourse around these topics. The thesis attempts to resolve some of these debates by presenting a comprehensive gang typology shaped by theory and prisoners’ testimonies.
dc.description.sponsorshipFully-funded ESRC PhD Scholar (2013-2016)
dc.language.isoen
dc.rightsAll rights reserved
dc.subjectGangs
dc.subjectPrisons
dc.subjectOrganised Crime
dc.subjectYouth Violence
dc.subjectRace
dc.subjectCriminology
dc.titleGangs, Race, and ‘the Street’ in Prison: An Inductive Analysis
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentInstitute of Criminology, Faculty of Law
dc.date.updated2019-03-06T13:18:58Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.37493
dc.publisher.collegeTrinity Hall
dc.type.qualificationtitlePhD in Criminology
cam.supervisorLiebling, Alison
cam.thesis.fundingfalse


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