Girls, guys, and gangs: Convergence or divergence in the gendered construction of gangs and groups

Jenna L. St. Cyr, Scott H. Decker

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Abstract

Despite recent efforts to examine and understand female gang membership, the research literature lacks a complete picture of how gender and gang membership work to shape perceptions of the structural characteristics of gangs, gang values, and gang activities. A questionnaire was administered to 103 youths (seventy-four male and twenty-nine female juvenile detainees) in St. Louis, Missouri, to disentangle the effects of gender and gang membership on perceptions of values, activities, and organizational characteristics of gangs. Gang members differed from nongang members more than males from females. This suggests that gender alone may not be able to account for differential perceptions of gang and nongang youth and that underlying social processes affect both groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-433
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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