Gangs and Spirituality

Global Perspectives

  • Ross Deuchar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ross Deuchar
      Pages 3-16
  3. Gangs, Masculinity and Spirituality: Existing Theories and Insights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Ross Deuchar
      Pages 19-37
  4. Los Angeles, USA: From Gangs and Guns to Love and Compassion

  5. Scotland and Denmark: From Violence, Offending and Prison Life to Religiosity, Yoga and Breathing

  6. Hong Kong: From Triad-Affiliated Gangsters to Christian Brothers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Ross Deuchar
      Pages 219-242
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-267

About this book


This book examines the role of religion and spirituality in desistance from crime and disengagement from gangs. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with male gang members and offenders as well as insights gathered from pastors, chaplains, coaches and personal mentors, the testimonials span three continents, focusing on the USA, Scotland, Denmark and Hong Kong. This volume offers unique empirical findings about the role that religion and spirituality can play in enabling some male gang members and offenders to transition into a new social sphere characterised by the presence of substitute forms of brotherhood and trust, and alternative forms of masculine status. The author presents critical insights into the potential relationship between religious and spiritual participation and the emergence of coping strategies to deal with the ‘stigmata’ that gang masculinity leaves behind. With its wide-ranging and multi-perspective approach, this book will be essential reading for students and scholars of gang culture, masculinity and spirituality, as well as policy makers and practitioners. 


gangs prison spirituality religion masculinity religion in prison violence and masculinity youth justice juvenile justice desistance violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Ross Deuchar
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of the West of ScotlandAyrUnited Kingdom

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