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political and media attention has been placed on the issues of knife crime and violence across the UK (and particularly in its capital city, London). There has also been a great deal of emphasis on the recognised need for a public health approach to tackling these issues, and an ever-growing interest in Glasgow and the wider west of Scotland’s transitional journey in relation to street gangs and knife crime. Given this, we believe that this book is extremely timely. Our qualitative data set (presented in Part II of the book), combining the perspectives of practitioners

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Continuity and Change

In Glasgow, street gangs have existed for decades, with knife crime becoming a defining feature.

More than a decade on from Deuchar’s original fieldwork, this book explores the transitional experiences of some of the young men he worked with, as well as the experiences of today’s young people and the practitioners who work to support them.

Through empirical data, policy analysis and contemporary insights, this dynamic book explores the evolving nature of gangs, and the contemporary challenges affecting young people including drug distribution, football-related bigotry and the mental health repercussions emerging from social media.

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The previous two chapters sought to provide a reflective account of gang and youth violence at the turn of the twentieth century, exploring how interventionist strategies, cultural and political changes, contributed to tackling knife crime and violence in Scotland. Drawing predominantly upon the voices of teenagers and young people, this chapter explores the difficulties they face today. In accordance with emergent themes from the data, and given that the Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the National Crime Agency have all highlighted the significant

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In this chapter, we critically examine recent statistical trends relating to the general issues of violent criminality and offensive weapon-handling in Scotland. We also provide a brief history of street gangs in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, from their roots in sectarian rivalry to the territorial and recreational focus adopted in the post-industrial era. We examine how knife crime has traditionally been a defining feature of street gangs in Glasgow and of street-oriented violence governed by expectations around masculine honour. Insights into the recorded

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the power of sport and physical activity to ‘engage with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and empower them to be confident, healthy and happy’ ( https://scottishsportsfutures.org.uk ; see further insights below). He regularly worked with young people from socially disadvantaged communities across Glasgow. He summed up the views of many when he spoke of the huge reductions in territorial gang fights across the city. Although occasional fights may take place among young men, he noted that knife crime had vastly reduced: ‘I don’t know if the kids just now have

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gangs in English cities are portrayed as typified by knife crime and illegal drug distribution, behind which there are inevitably coded logics known to those on the inside of this ‘underworld’ ( Grund and Densley, 2012 ; Pitts, 2020 ). Our introductory chapter drew out international comparisons with the US and UK in areas of celebrity culture and its mediation through musical lyrics. The propensity towards earning through the sale of drugs and the preparedness to carry and use weapons also connects cultures separated by the Atlantic. In a globalised world, we would

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An overview of the context of knife crime and the efforts to address serious youth violence in the UK Over the past 15 or so years, serious youth violence has continued to be a significant concern, affecting cities across the UK. Although overall incidents of violence are decreasing, those that end in a fatality are rising again. What was initially seen as a gang issue now has a broader impact, with only around 20 per cent of knife crime events being flagged by the police as gang related ( Massey et al, 2019 ). Street drug dealing has also developed

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