Passing on gang culture in the theatre of the streets: 'They'll grow out of it, then our age will grow into it and then we'll grow out of it'

Johanne Miller*

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Gang members and membership are oft displayed as fixed and stable entities that are only understood in the context of the gang. This paper purports that membership is a role learned through the process of street socialisation and that gangs should be understood as fluid entities situated within the larger context of street culture. Through member’s perspectives, it reveals the main cultural transmitters which facilitated membership in Glasgow, Scotland as street socialisation, territorial othering and storytelling. In discussing the role of these transmitters, the journey into gang membership in Glasgow is told. Exploring the transmitters of membership allowed the meaning making process that members engaged in to emerge which allows gang membership to be understood as a meaningful social activity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Early online date16 Aug 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Aug 2019


  • Gang culture
  • Street culture
  • Street socialisation
  • Storytelling
  • Territorialism

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