As we saw in Chapter 1, the gang has been blamed for a range of contemporary social problems and continues to be blamed even when a more sober and proportionate assessment of the evidence suggests that the gangland UK thesis is significantly overblown. As we saw in Chapter 3, the powerful hold the gang exercises on the social imaginary has, in part, a lot to do with the conspiracy discourse with which it is associated and the capacity of gang talk to mobilise, harness and articulate powerful primal fears about enemies organising against the good society invariably positioned as a community of victims. This certainly helps explain the seductive allure of gang talk but it says little about the conditions of its production and the temporal trajectory of its creation.
KeywordsGang Member Moral Panic Media Inventory Street Crime Metropolitan Police
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