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Müllerian Mimicry and Street Gangs: Understanding the Response of Victims and Bystanders to Gang Violence

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While research routinely examines the influence of gang membership on the quantity of violent crime involvement, less is known about the situational characteristics of gang versus non-gang violence. Felson’s (2006) discussion of street gangs highlights the possible functional role of popular gang signals, such as names, clothing, hand signals, and tattoos in the commission of violent crime; what he terms “the street gang strategy.” This study examines the functionality of this strategy during a violent crime by investigating the influence of gang membership on the likelihood of victim resistance, bystander intervention, and police reporting using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey. Findings offer little support for the idea that gang signals intimidate victims and bystanders to the extent that their behavior during and after violence differs significantly from responses resulting from non-gang violence. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for future research.
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Rennison, Callie. and Melde, Chris. "Müllerian Mimicry and Street Gangs: Understanding the Response of Victims and Bystanders to Gang Violence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p318052_index.html>

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Rennison, C. M. and Melde, C. , 2009-11-04 "Müllerian Mimicry and Street Gangs: Understanding the Response of Victims and Bystanders to Gang Violence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p318052_index.html

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Abstract: While research routinely examines the influence of gang membership on the quantity of violent crime involvement, less is known about the situational characteristics of gang versus non-gang violence. Felson’s (2006) discussion of street gangs highlights the possible functional role of popular gang signals, such as names, clothing, hand signals, and tattoos in the commission of violent crime; what he terms “the street gang strategy.” This study examines the functionality of this strategy during a violent crime by investigating the influence of gang membership on the likelihood of victim resistance, bystander intervention, and police reporting using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey. Findings offer little support for the idea that gang signals intimidate victims and bystanders to the extent that their behavior during and after violence differs significantly from responses resulting from non-gang violence. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for future research.


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