n Acta Criminologica : African Journal of Criminology & Victimology - Contesting police governance : respect, authority and belonging in organised violent gangs in Cape Town

Special Edition 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


Gangs establish their own governance arrangements and in so doing, contest the governance processes of the police. Gangs also govern themselves and the communities in which they live and contest police governance through their own governance practices. This research describes the types of governance practiced by armed and violent gangs, the impact on the manner in which they are policed and how this impacts on and regulates the police. This article also examines the gang problem through a nodal governance lens.

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