Recommended Literature

Twelve Recommended Readings Related to Small-Town Gang Issues

The following is a list of recommended readings related to rural and small-town gang issues. This list is not exhaustive, but will provide a solid foundation for developing one’s familiarity with the topic.

Coghlan, M. P. (1998). Rural gang problem: A case study in the Midwest. Journal of Gang Research, 5(2), 35-40. Find it»

Dukes, R. L., & Stein, J. A. (2003). Gender and gang membership: A contrast of rural and urban youth on attitudes and behavior. Youth & Society, 34(4), 415-440.
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Evans, W., Fitzgerald, C., Weigel, D., & Chvilicek, S. (1999). Are rural gang members similar to their urban peers? Youth and Society, 30(3), 267-282. View abstract»

Mays, G. L., Fuller, K., & Winfree, Jr., L. T. (1994). Gangs and gang activity in southern New Mexico: A descriptive look at a growing rural problem. Journal of Crime & Justice, 17(1), 25-44. View abstract»

Green, S. L. (2003). Do gangs exist in rural areas and small cities: Perceptions of law enforcement agencies. Journal of Gang Research, 31, 13-31. Find it»

Green, S. L. (2005). Youth gangs of rural Texas: College students speak out. Journal of Gang Research, 12(2), 19-40. Find it»

Howell, J. C., & Egley Jr., A. (2005). Gangs in small towns and rural counties. NYGC bulletin. Tallahassee, FL.: Institute for Intergovernmental Research, National Youth Gang Center. View publication»

Hope, T. L., & Damphousse, K. R. (2002). Applying self-control theory to gang membership in a non-urban setting. Journal of Gang Research, 9(2), 41-61. Find it»

Weisheit, R. A., & Wells, L. E. (2001). The perception of gangs as a problem in nonmetropolitan areas. Criminal Justice Review, 26(2), 170-191. View abstract»

Weisheit, R. A., & Wells, L. E. (2004). Youth gangs in rural America. NIJ Journal, 251, 2-6. View publication»

Wells, E. L., & Weisheit, R. A. (2001). Gang problems in nonmetropolitan areas: A longitudinal assessment. Justice Quarterly, 18(4), 791-823. View abstract»

Wilson, K. L. (2008). Comprehensive literature review of rural youth gangs. Journal of Gang Research, 15(2), 19-32. Find it»