5. Young People, Gangs and Street-Based Violence

  1. Christine Barter and
  2. David Berridge
  1. Tara Young1 and
  2. Simon Hallsworth2

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470976586.ch5

Children Behaving Badly?: Peer Violence between Children and Young People

Children Behaving Badly?: Peer Violence between Children and Young People

How to Cite

Young, T. and Hallsworth, S. (2010) Young People, Gangs and Street-Based Violence, in Children Behaving Badly?: Peer Violence between Children and Young People (eds C. Barter and D. Berridge), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470976586.ch5

Editor Information

  1. School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Social and Evaluation Research, London Metropolitan University, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Applied Social Science, London Metropolitan University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2010

Book Series:

  1. The Nspcc/Wiley Series in Protecting Children

Book Series Editors:

  1. Christopher Cloke4,
  2. Jan Horwath5 and
  3. Peter Sidebotham6

Series Editor Information

  1. 4

    NSPCC, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NX, UK

  2. 5

    Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TU, UK

  3. 6

    Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694404

Online ISBN: 9780470976586



  • young people, gangs and street-based violence - youthful involvement in violent crime;
  • public concern about youthful involvement - in violent crime, increasing in recent years;
  • street organization, and research - increase of armed and organised gangs within the UK;
  • groups and illegal drug economy - recruitment strategies and violent initiation rituals;
  • underpinning popular construction of a gang - pervasive idea that gangs are large;
  • life ‘on road’ and entry - gang or its affiliations, participants about ‘life on road’;
  • life ‘on road’ alluring - for the most excluded young men and women;
  • violence ‘on road’ and media reports of gangland violence - hyper-violence directed against strangers and other innocents;
  • interpersonal violence, and young people - fights over ‘silly things’;
  • violence and drug economy - absence of career opportunities for young, alternative ways of making ‘P’s' (money)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Street Organisation

  • Life ‘On Road’ and Entry into it

  • Violence ‘On Road’

  • Conclusion

  • Points for Practice

  • References