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Understanding Street Culture

Poverty, Crime, Youth and Cool

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How do poverty, youth and crime relate to the concept of being 'cool'? Jonathan Ilan presents a unique, theoretically informed overview of street culture in various parts of the world – its origins, functions, manifestations...

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How do poverty, youth and crime relate to the concept of being 'cool'? Jonathan Ilan presents a unique, theoretically informed overview of street culture in various parts of the world – its origins, functions, manifestations and appeal – examining both its bearing on criminal lifestyles and on the cultivation of 'cool.' Drawing on contemporary research and original examples to evidence new ways of thinking about street culture - from the favelas of Brazil to housing projects in the USA - the text locates street culture within its particular social, cultural and economic contexts. Covering diverse subjects from brutal violence to contemporary fashion it explores the ways in which street culture is intertwined with processes of social exclusion and inclusion. An in-depth and even-handed guide to understanding the practices, styles and struggles associated with a particular section of the socio-economically disadvantaged, this text stands as an invaluable resource for students and academics across a range of disciplines, including youth studies, urban studies, criminology, sociology, cultural studies and geography.

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First book to address an emerging topic of academic and political interest
Draws on recognisable examples, from hiphop music to graffiti
Interweaves theory and case studies from around the world to show street cultures 'in action'

1. Introduction
2. Understanding Urban Poverty, Culture and Crime
3. Demography and Development: Class, Gender and Ethnicity
4. Space, Territory and Gangs
5. Street Life and Street Crime
6. From Street Expressivity to Commodifiable Cool
7. Street Flows in the Global Ghetto
8. Resistance, Ghetto Politics and the Social Control of the Slum
9. Conclusion.

“The book is well written and a pleasure to read. … Understanding Street Culture is an important text for academics, researchers, and criminal justice stakeholders interested in understanding how young peoples’ street cultural existences are regulated and thrust into contact with the law. It emphasizes the urgency of disrupting the perpetual criminalization of street culture and how, moving forward, this requires ‘more than the ‘business as usual’ of standard criminal justice practice’ … .” (Angela Dwyer, Jeunesse, jeunessejournal.ca, Vol. 9 (1), 2017) “‘Understanding Street Culture’ by Jonathan Ilan is a book about the manifestations of street culture; what it is, how it came to be, the implications of it on mainstream society, and the effects mainstream society has on it. … the book is a useful source for others to develop research on this important topic. … Learning from Ilan’s book would offer a different way to consider how marginalization shapes adolescent development and outcomes.” (Billie Endress, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 45, 2016)
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Jonathan Ilan is Lecturer in Criminology and Director of Studies for BA Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He has researched youth cultures in Dublin and published numerous journal articles in the field of cultural criminology.

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Jonathan Ilan is Lecturer in Criminology and Director of Studies for BA Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He has researched youth cultures in Dublin and published numerous journal articles in the field of cultural criminology.

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