Conceptual similarities; distinct difference: Exploring ‘the gang’ in Mainland China

Atkinson-Sheppard, S. and Hayward, H. 2018. Conceptual similarities; distinct difference: Exploring ‘the gang’ in Mainland China. British Journal of Criminology. 59 (3), p. 614–633. doi:10.1093/bjc/azy051

TitleConceptual similarities; distinct difference: Exploring ‘the gang’ in Mainland China
TypeJournal article
AuthorsAtkinson-Sheppard, S. and Hayward, H.
Abstract

This article discusses the ‘gang’ in Mainland China. By drawing on extensive observation, 99 qualitative interviews with criminal justice practitioners, NGO workers, academics, journalists, diplomats, community members and young people associated with gangs. The article considers the ways in which gangs are conceptualized in mainland China. The article uses the framework of ‘conceptual similarities and distinct difference’ to consider the ways in which Chinese gangs are similar to their counterparts around the world, but also how they differ. The article concludes by reflecting on the implications of this for law, legislation, policy and practice as well as global understandings of gangs and organized crime.

KeywordsGangs; organised crime; migration; China
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Journal citation59 (3), p. 614–633
ISSN0007-0955
Year2019
PublisherOxford University Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1093/bjc/azy051
Publication dates
Published online02 Nov 2018
Published in printMay 2019

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