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Young people and gangs

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 167

Santina Perrone and Rob White
ISBN 0 642 24178 3 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, September 2000


This paper provides an insight into current perceptions of, and research into, youth gangs in Australia. The findings determine that American style youth gangs are not prevalent in this country, although the preconditions for the emergence of such gangs are apparent. The authors show that the phenomenon of criminal youth gangs is largely a media myth, with much of the publicised concern being linked to the ethnic background of particular groups of young people.