Urban Disorder and Gangs

A Critique and a Warning

Simon Hallsworth and David Brotherton

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In the report, which is part of the Perspectives series, Prof. Simon Hallsworth (London Metropolitan University) and Prof. David Brotherton (John Jay College, New York), argue that the attempt to reduce riots to gangs is a flawed endeavor with dangerous racial subtext and that American style gang suppression currently contemplated by UK policy makers as part of their policy response to the riots will not work.