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Gangs, sectarianism and social capital: a qualitative study of young people in Scotland

Deuchar, Ross (2010) Gangs, sectarianism and social capital: a qualitative study of young people in Scotland. Sociology, 44 (1). pp. 13-30. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been continuing debate about the extent and significance of sectarianism in Scotland and the wider links with territorial gang culture. This article focuses on a small qualitative study conducted in some of the most deprived urban communities in Glasgow. Semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with 10 youth workers and 40 young persons (aged 16-18 years), with follow-up interviews conducted with senior operational police officers. Social capital indicators generated by recent research were used as a lens through which to explore the participant responses. The findings suggest that the combined social forces associated with territoriality and intense football rivalry limit the young people's potential for maximizing social capital. However, the extent to which these issues can be fully ascribed to the continued existence of sectarianism in Scotland is less clear. The article concludes with some implications for further sociological debate around these issues.

Item type: Article
ID code: 27403
Keywords: gangs, sectarianism, social capital, qualitative study, young people in Scotland, Communities. Classes. Races, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Social Sciences > Communities. Classes. Races
Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Education > Education
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Depositing user: Mrs Marie Henderson
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2010 13:47
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:02
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/27403

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