A Glasgow Gang Observed (3rd Revised edition)

A Glasgow Gang Observed (3rd Revised edition)

By: James Patrick (author)Paperback

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In the 1960's a 26-year-old schoolmaster at a Scottish reformatory (List D) School, under the alias of James Patrick, went undercover with the help of one of his pupils to study the often violent behaviour of the teenagers in a gang in Glasgow. He managed to conceal his identity and motives and during the course of a four-month assignation in 1966 he observed closely the gang members and concluded that the boys were 'afraid of fighting other gangs but more afraid of not fighting them.' Ultimately it was 'the struggle between identification with the boys and abhorrence of their violence that forced me to quit.' This book became the first published observation of a Glasgow gang and as such has stood the test of time as a number of factors that Patrick identified as contributing to the growth of gang culture still remain in existence today, most crucially poverty, grim housing conditions and unemployment. This is a portrait of gang culture before the drug barons moved in and created another level of violence and as such it deserves its cult status. Now with a new introduction from the author whose whereabouts are only known to the publishers. The republication of the book follows closely behind Peter Mullan's highly rated film 'Neds' which portrays a Glasgow gang in the 1970s.

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James Patrick is the 1966 alias of a 26-year-old schoolteacher in a List D Scottish Reformatory School. His current whereabouts are unknown.


Preface to 1973 edition xi Preface to 2013 edition xiii 1 Entree 1 2 The background 5 3 The first night 14 4 I meet the King 24 5 The in-group 32 6 On a Sunday afternoon 44 7 The relevant murders 50 8 Saturday afternoon and Monday evening 59 9 'Jist dossin' aw day' 65 10 Uzz Gemmies 69 11 A pause for reflection 77 12 Birds, birds, birds ... 86 13 Gallous gear, brilliant patter and the writing on the wall 97 14 Malkies, goofies and the busies 104 15 Tim 113 16 Exit 116 17 Epilogue 123 18 Housing and gangs in Glasgow 128 19 British research into gangs 137 20 American research into gangs 152 21 Treatment and prevention 185 Glossary 204 Annotations 213 Bibliography 217 Index 229

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781906000387
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9781906000387
  • weight: 340
  • ISBN10: 1906000387
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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