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THINKING ALLOWED
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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
31 December 2008
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GANG CULTURE
Stories of gang conflict often hit the headlines.  Commentators hark back to a golden age in which British streets were safe. But did such an age ever exist?  Andrew Davies is the author of a new book which describes the gangs who waged turf war in Victorian Manchester.  The Scuttlers emerged from the squalid slums of the Industrial Revolution, fighting for fun, with belts and knives. In response, some called for the Lash and others for lads clubs.

Laurie Taylor is joined by Andrew Davies, Senior Lecturer in history and author of The Gangs of Manchester, Geoffrey Pearson, Professor of Criminology and Tara Young, a Senior Research Fellow who is currently carrying out research into the nature of gang membership.  They explore the historical hoodie and discuss what the past can reveal about the causes and cures for gang violence?
Additional information:

Andrew Davies

Senior Lecturer, Modern British Social History, Liverpool University

The Gangs of Manchester: The Story of the Scuttlers, Britain's First Youth Cult
Publisher: Milo Books
ISBN-10: 1903854814
ISBN-13: 978-1903854815

In August 2009 Manchester’s renowned MaD Theatre Company will be producing and performing the play Angels with Manky Faces, an original production based on Andrew Davies’s book The Gangs of Manchester. 

Professor Geoffrey Pearson
Professor of Criminology in the Department of Professional and Community Education (PACE) at Goldsmiths University, London

Hooligan: A History of Respectable Fears

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN-10: 0333234006
ISBN-13: 978-0333234006

Tara Young
Research Fellow at the London Metropolitan University

M. Fitzgerald, S. Hallsworth, I. Joseph and T. Young, (2006) Young People, ‘Gangs' and Weapon Use , Report for the Youth Justice Board

Hallsworth, S & T. Young (2005), On Gangs and Guns: A Critique and a Warning , ChildRight, 220, Oct. 2005

Hallsworth, S. & Young, T. (2004) Getting Real About Gangs. Criminal Justice Matters
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