Gangs in the Era of Internet and Social Media

Editors: Melde, Chris, Weerman, Frank (Eds.)

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  • Presents insights from recent academic gang studies analyzing the use of internet and social media
  • First volume of its kind focused on the role of internet and social media in the study of gangs
  • Appeals to students and researchers interested in gangs and juvenile delinquency, as well as professionals, practitioners, and policy-makers
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The ubiquity of the internet and social media has influenced the lives of people across the globe, including young people involved in street gangs and troublesome youth groups. This development raises important questions about the causes, features, and consequences of online gang behavior, as well as the consequences of this new phenomenon for gang prevention and intervention.

In this edited volume, members of an international network of gang researchers, the Eurogang Program of Research, present findings and insights from recent academic gang studies focused on the use of internet and social media. It focuses on online features of gangs and the consequences of social media for the study of these groups. The second section of the book focuses on the meaning of online media for the prevention, monitoring and intervention of gangs, and for gang disengagement processes.

This is the first volume focused on the role of internet and social media in the study of gangs. Providing much needed insights into online gang processes, it will appeal to students and researchers interested in gangs and juvenile delinquency, and to professionals, practitioners, and policy-makers working on preventing or reducing gang involvement and delinquent behavior.  

About the authors

Chris Melde is Associate Director, Director of Graduate Studies, and professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He is an affiliated faculty member in Global Urban Studies and the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University, and a research associate at the Michigan Justice Statistics Center. His primary research interests include street gangs, youth violence, adolescent development, individual and community reactions to crime and victimization risk, and program evaluation. He is currently the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several funded projects, including two National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded projects on school safety in the Flint, MI area. These projects focus on the role of school safety in the successful transition to high school, the identification of mental health issues among students in elementary schools, and best practices for developing a positive and safe school climate. Dr. Melde was awarded the 2015 Tory J. Caeti Memorial Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Juvenile Justice section, given in recognition of the contribution of emerging scholars to the field of juvenile justice, for his work on gangs and youth violence prevention.

Frank Weerman is senior researcher at the NSCR, the Netherlands Institute for the study of Crime and Law Enforcement, and endowed professor Youth Criminology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His primary research interest focus on juvenile delinquency, the role of peers and gangs, schools and crime, radicalisation and terrorism. He coordinated the NSCR School Project, a longitudinal study in which the social networks and problem behaviors of youths were followed over time. He also co-coordinated SPAN, the Study of Peers, Activities, and Neighborhoods, that focused on time use and contextual influences on delinquency.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Assessing Traditional and Nontraditional Data Collection Methods to Study Online Phenomena

    Pages 1-19

    Holt, Thomas J.

  • Ethical and Methodological Issues in Gang Ethnography in the Digital Age: Lessons from Four Studies in an Emerging Field

    Pages 21-41

    Urbanik, Marta-Marika (et al.)

  • Researching Transnational Gangs as Agents of Mediation in the Digital Era

    Pages 43-59

    Fernández-Planells, Ariadna (et al.)

  • Women and Gangs in the Digital Media: A Distorted Image?

    Pages 61-79

    Van Damme, Ellen (et al.)

  • The Role of Online Communication Among Gang and Non-gang Youth

    Pages 81-104

    McCuddy, Timothy (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gangs in the Era of Internet and Social Media
Editors
  • Chris Melde
  • Frank Weerman
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-47214-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-47214-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-47213-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 325
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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