“It wasnae just Easterhouse”: The politics of representation in the Glasgow gang phenomenon, c. 1965-1975

Angela Bartie, Alistair Fraser

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Abstract

In this chapter, we revisit the politics of representation in the Glasgow gang phenomenon, c. 1965–1975, as a means of drawing attention to the historical antecedents to these recent debates. In so doing we seek to draw attention to the variability in gang research – according to methodological approach, epistemological underpinning and geographical context – and the frequent lack of reflexivity in debate. Like the parable of the blind men and the elephant, where each felt a different part and thought they had discovered its true essence, these debates are too often partial and blinkered. Here we re-examine the work of James Patrick, Gail Armstrong and Mary Wilson, discussing the valuable distinctions between them, and reflecting on their significance for understanding the gang phenomenon in Glasgow (and elsewhere). We also explore not just what they can tell us about young people’s identities, but also about the role of the researchers themselves in shaping and constructing understandings of youth subcultures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYouth Culture and Social Change
Subtitle of host publicationMaking a Difference by Making a Noise
EditorsKeith Gildart, Anna Gough-Yates, Sian Lincoln, Bill Osgerby, Lucy Robinson, John Street, Peter Webb, Matthew Worley
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter9
Pages205-229
Number of pages25
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781137529114
ISBN (Print)9781137529107
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2730-9517

Keywords

  • violent city
  • youth gangs
  • gang boys
  • young team
  • deviancy amplification

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