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Jennifer M. Hazen and Dennis Rodgers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816691470

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816691470.001.0001

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“For Your Safety”: Child Vigilante Squads and Neo-Gangsterism in Urban India

“For Your Safety”: Child Vigilante Squads and Neo-Gangsterism in Urban India

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(p.193) 9 “For Your Safety”: Child Vigilante Squads and Neo-Gangsterism in Urban India
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Global Gangs
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Atreyee Sen

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691470.003.0010

This chapter addresses how child vigilante squads resist the notion of being “gangs” in India. While child vigilante squads in Indian slums may not appear on the surface to be gangs, they provide similar benefits to members as gangs – family, prestige, power, security – and mimic many of the functions of gangs – territorial control, defense of space, defense of community – that have been identified in numerous classic gang studies.

Keywords:   gangs, youth, violence, conflict, urban challenges, state security, crime, global, transnational

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