Birds of a feather? Peers, delinquency, and risk

Language and Risk in the Netherlands
Part of the Contexts of Education book series (CONT, volume 5)


“I know a lot of people think birds of a feather flock together. But that’s not necessarily true.” Benjamin, a 24 year old African American male, described how some of his friends were drug dealers and gang members who were in and out of jail while others were academically successful and ended up in college. Much social science research on youth, peers, and violence has suggested that birds of a feather flock together, as reflected in the common finding that association with delinquent peers is a risk factor for youth violence. In this chapter, we will unpack this statement and show how the lived experiences of youth growing up in a diverse low-income community of Oakland, California complicate this claim.


Middle School Gang Member Youth Violence Delinquent Peer Afterschool Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for the Study of Societal Issues University of CaliforniaResearch Associate Center for Research on Social ChangeBerkeley
  2. 2.Graduate School of Education University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUS

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