21st January 2016

FINAL 10th SCCJR logo

Dr Alistair Fraser will discuss his new book on young people and gang identity in Glasgow on Wednesday, February 10 as part of this semester’s University of Glasgow Sociology Seminar Series.

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.

Ali Fraser's book Urban LegendsA 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.

Young People and Youth Justice