21 Jan 2016
Seminar by Alistair Fraser on Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City
Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City (Oxford University Press) tells a story of young people, gang identity, and social change in Glasgow, challenging the perceptions of gangs as a novel, universal, or pathological phenomenon. Building on four years of varied ethnographic fieldwork in Langview, a deindustrialised working-class community, the book spotlights the everyday experiences and understandings of gangs for young people growing up in the area, reasoning that – for some – gang identification represents a root of identity and a route to masculinity, in an economic environment that has little space for them.
A drinks reception will follow the seminar, which will be held in the Level 5 seminar room of the Sir Alwyn Williams Building at the University of Glasgow, 18 Lilybank Gardens. To book a free place visit Eventbrite. Please join us for a lively and informative evening on a fascinating topic, with discussants drawn from SCCJR and the University of Glasgow.
The Sociology subject area gratefully acknowledges the support of the MacFie bequest for its seminar series.
This is a University of Glasgow/Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research event that forms part of the SCCJR’s 10th anniversary event series.