Black lives matter in gang research: common drivers and diverse trajectories in decolonising knowledge production

Andell, Paul (2020) Black lives matter in gang research: common drivers and diverse trajectories in decolonising knowledge production. Journal of Aggression Conflict and Peace Research. ISSN 1759-6599 (Submitted)

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Abstract

Purpose:In light of challenges to decolonise gang studies, recently re-energised by the Black Lives Matter movement, this article explores the reoccurring and conflicting paradigms deployed in the understandings and “over-standing” of gangs research. Approach:The article critiques ideas and practices relating to a dualism of classicism and positivism when applied to gang related problems. Findings:The article asserts epistemic ideas of critical realism and Southern Criminology as useful vehicles to identify the presenting phenomenon of gangs from a standpoint which is an entry point to the generative mechanisms of gangs to develop a more complete appraisal of the subjective collectivities of gangs. Originality:This appraisal takes into account subject-object relations and suggests new approaches which include the possibilities of a more localised democratic realist governmentality which can then be compared and informed transnationally. In short the paper offers suggestions towards a decolonisation of gangs studies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Submitted for special issue to critically assess the relationship between the police and street gang research.
Uncontrolled Keywords: black lives matter, gangs research, critical realism, southern criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Andell
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2020 09:47
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2020 09:47
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1545

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