17/09/21: Transgang Training Seminar: Gangs and social media

17/09/21: Transgang Training Seminar: Gangs and social media



 September 17, 2021

 4.00 - 6.00 pm



 Platform Collaborate





Gang literature increasingly reflects the importance of social media in gang lifestyle, as gang members adopt new communicative practices. Yet, because of the multifaceted nature of online gang activity and the diversity of methodologies employed, a general overview of research outcomes is not easily achieved. This seminar seeks to remedy this by analysing academic studies of gang use of social media. A systematic literature review was conducted in the Scopus and Google Scholar databases, which led to the identification of 73 publications. We then undertook a content analysis of each publication using an exhaustive evaluation model, comprising 20 variables and 72 categories. A bibliometric analysis was also performed to determine the structural characteristics of the research community that generates these publications. Our results point to an emerging universe of publications with different themes, methods, samples and ethical protocols. The challenges, risks and recommendations for future social media research with youth street groups are identified in order to apply it to the Transgang project.


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No742705).





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