Girls in Gangs


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Why is gang membership among girls on the rise? Cristen and Caroline explore the history of girl gangs and what gang life means for young women past and present.

Episode sources:

"'Being raped by a gang is normal -- it's about craving to be accepted'." Mark Townsend. The Guardian. Feb. 18, 2012. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/feb/18/being-raped-by-gang-normal

"Female Gangs: A Focus on Research." Joan Moore and John Hagedorn. Juvenile Justice Bulletin. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. March 2001. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/186159.pdf

"Girl Gang Members Overlooked by Traditional Prevention Efforts." Maytal Mark. The Youth Project. March 03, 2014.

"Girl Gangs Are Mean: Teenage Girl Gang Movies Through the Years." Bitch Flicks. Dec. 24, 2013. http://www.btchflcks.com/2013/12/girl-gangs-are-mean-teenage-girl-gang-movies-through-the-years.html#.VE5hDsnJ0Xh

"Girl gang's grip on London underworld revealed." Amelia Hill. The Guardian. Dec. 27, 2010. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/dec/27/girl-gang-london-underworld

"Girls Gone Gangster." Ebony. March 2011. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/58471121/girls-gone-gangster

"Girls in Gangs: On the Rise in America." Mars Eghigian and Katherine Kirby. Corrections Today. April 2006. https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=235390

"Most Wanted: One of America's 'Baddest'." Catharine Skipp. Newsweek. April 15, 2007. http://www.newsweek.com/most-wanted-one-americas-baddest-97223

"National Youth Gang Survey Analysis." National Gang Center. http://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/survey-analysis/demographics

"The Gang: A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago." Frederic Milton Thrasher. University of Chicago Press. 1963. http://books.google.com/books?id=SgukBnHIKd8C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"The Forgotten 1950s Girl Gang." MessyNessy Chic. Feb. 10, 2013. http://www.messynessychic.com/2013/02/10/the-forgotten-1950s-girl-gang/

"The real Bad Girls -- extraordinary insight into London's female gang culture." Chloe Combi. Aug. 06, 2013. The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/the-real-bad-girls--extraordinary-insight-into-londons-female-gang-culture-8748938.html

"These Mystery Photos of a 1950s Female Gang Member Are Sort of Badass." Brian Galindo. Buzzfeed. July 22, 2014. http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/these-mystery-photos-of-a-1950s-female-gang-member-are-sort#40uuqv6

Academic insights:

"Female Gang Members: A Profile of Aggression and Victimization." Christian E. Molidor. National Association of Social Workers. 1996. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8936081

Topics in this Podcast: Crime, gangs, girl gangs, juvenile delinquency