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What works and what doesn’t work with juvenile gangs: key elements coming from a SWOT analysis

Sabrina Brutto, Laida Quijano, Jitesh Odedra
IJJO. V International Conference on juvenile justice. London 2012.


The juvenile gangs have to be considered not as pathological forms of association but as structures of re-organization and social inclusion/integration able to offer to foreign groups and street children an attempt of self-organization and construction of a subculture: aggregations allowing self identification, also through the use of violence, considered as a symbolic form of valuation and appropriation of territories (forms of resistance to personal crises). Gangs offer an attractive socialisation space facing the weakness of families, school and other spaces which traditionally played this role and represent the children’s spontaneous effort to create an urban space, where there is not any, in society adapted to their needs. The gangs, coming from extreme poverty exclusion
and/or the lack of opportunities, look for the satisfaction of their rights by organising themselves without any supervision and by developing their own rules, by consolidating a territory and a symbology that gives a meaning to the group membership actions.


European Union

Year Language

2012 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Paper


Gangs, Justice, Juvenile


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