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Examining Gang Social Network Structure And Criminal Behavior

Abstract The current study examines the social structure of local street gangs in Glendale, Arizona. Literature on gang organization has come to different conclusions about gang organization, largely based on the methodology used. One consistent finding from qualitative gang research has been that understanding the social connections between gang members is important for understanding how gangs are organized. The current study examines gang social structure by recreating gang social networks using official police data. Data on documented gang members, arrest records, and field interview cards from a 5-year period from 2006 to 2010 were used. Yearly social networks were constructed going two steps out from documented gang members. The findings indica... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Fox, Andrew Mark (Author) / Katz, Charles M (Advisor) / White, Michael D (Committee member) / Sweeten, Gary (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Criminology / Social structure / Centrality / Gang members / Gang organization / Groups / Social Network Analysis / Social structure
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 165 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Criminology and Criminal Justice 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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