Gang Members ‘Doing Masculinity’

  • Ross DeucharEmail author


In this part of the book, I explore some of the existing literary insights into gangs, masculinity and crime. I also examine the prevailing evidence on religion and spirituality as a potential resource for nurturing turning points, identity and behaviour change. In this chapter I provide an overview of existing international research that identifies links between social constructions of masculinity, gang culture, violence and offending. I explore the way in which, against the backdrop of social and cultural marginalisation, evidence suggests that hyper-aggressive forms of masculinity have become valorised in some contexts, with a tendency towards membership of male-dominated gangs, criminal activity and street violence. I begin to consider how reformatory interventions may be most effectively designed to enable male gang members to move towards criminal desistance while also creating contexts that will prevent them from feeling emasculated.


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  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice, School of EducationUniversity of the West of ScotlandAyrUK

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