From Postcodes to Profits: How gangs have changed in Waltham Forest

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Whittaker, AJ, Cheston, L, Tyrell, T, Higgins, MM, Felix-Baptiste, C and Harvard, T (2018). From Postcodes to Profits: How gangs have changed in Waltham Forest. London London South Bank University. https://doi.org/10.18744/PUB.002234
AuthorsWhittaker, AJ, Cheston, L, Tyrell, T, Higgins, MM, Felix-Baptiste, C and Harvard, T
TypeProject report
Abstract

Gang cultures in Waltham Forest are changing. When the classic Reluctant Gangs study was completed ten years ago, the focus was upon postcode territories that needed to be defended from outsiders. Gang members described an emotional relationship with their local area, leading one young respondent to say that he would 'defend anyone who lived in his postcode’ (Pitts, 2008, p.114). These territories bore little if any relationship to drugs markets and the violence involved appeared to serve little practical purpose beyond providing an arena to demonstrate courage and physical prowess. Gang membership was exhibited through gang 'colours', where clothing and other insignia were used to demonstrate a visible presence within that territory.

Keywordsgangs; drugs; child protection
Year2018
PublisherLondon South Bank University
Place of publicationLondon
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.18744/PUB.002234
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Print07 Jun 2018
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Deposited11 Jun 2018
Accepted25 May 2018
Funder/ClientLondon Borough of Waltham Forest
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