The impact of sex composition on gangs and gang member delinquency

Dana Peterson, Jody Miller, Finn Aage Esbensen

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Abstract

Sociology of organizations scholars have long recognized sex and gender as key features shaping interactional dynamics within groups, and several recent qualitative studies suggest that sex composition of gangs helps shape the gang experience for both boys and girls. Quantitatively, we add to this scant literature by testing competing hypotheses from the theories of Kanter, Blau, and Blalock, and examining whether youth gangs' sex composition influences members' characterizations of their gangs and their individual participation in delinquency. Our findings suggest that sex composition, independent of sex itself, is important in shaping the norms and activities of gangs and their members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-440
Number of pages30
JournalCriminology
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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