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Youth gangs in a remote Indigenous community: Importance of cultural authority and family suport

Cunningham, Teresa E., Ivory, Bill, Chenhall, Richard, McMahon, Rachael and Senior, Kate A. (2013). Youth gangs in a remote Indigenous community: Importance of cultural authority and family suport. Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice,457:1-6.

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Title Youth gangs in a remote Indigenous community: Importance of cultural authority and family suport
Author Cunningham, Teresa E.
Ivory, Bill
Chenhall, Richard
McMahon, Rachael
Senior, Kate A.
Journal Name Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number 457
ISSN 1836-2206   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84880104124
Start Page 1
End Page 6
Total Pages 6
Place of Publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher Australian Institute of Criminology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Wadeye is one of the largest Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. Over the past decade, the community has attracted much negative media attention because of the amount of violence that has occurred. This violence has often been portrayed as the result of gang activity.

This paper examines how gangs operate in the Wadeye community and provides some insight into the perceptions of gang members on their relationships with community authority structures and family support mechanisms.

The researchers found that the criminal aspects of gang membership may be less important than factors such as identity construction, experiments with leadership and preservation of knowledge about culture and history.
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