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date: 23 September 2019

cross-national definitional issues 

A Dictionary of Gangs

Bill Sanders

Refers to the lack of consistency of the term ‘gang’ in various countries. Similar to the United States, many countries have no consensus on the definition of what a gang is. This makes comparative studies both within and between different nations difficult. Furthermore, it renders the extent that gang members are disproportionately involved in crime and violence within such nations problematic to ascertain. This, in turn, can create confusion about the level of resources required by law enforcement and other agencies to effectively respond to gangs. The ... ...

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