Studying youth gangs: Alternative methods and conclusions

Lorine A. Hughes

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This article reviews the major methods that have been used to study youth gangs and discusses the consequences of their use for what is known about the topic. Despite the development of a substantial scholarly literature, understanding of gang phenomena is limited by critical disconnects between quantitative and qualitative research traditions. It is argued that integration of these traditions will result in a more comprehensive accounting of the causes and consequences of gangs, gang membership, and gang behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-119
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2005


  • Gang research
  • Gang studies
  • Gangs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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