Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: A Theoretical Perspective

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Lauchs, M
Bain, A
Bell, P
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2015
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Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) are increasingly seen as a threat to communitities around the world. They are a visible threat as a recognizable symbol of deviance and violence. This book discusses the social context within which OMCGs and groups have emerged and the implication of labelling these groups as deviant and outlaw. There is no doubt that that members of these clubs have been involved in serious criminal activity and this book explores whether gang and organized crime theory can effectively explain their criminal activities. Importantly, the book also assesses policing and political responses to the clubs' activities. It argues that there is an increasing need for national and international cooperation on the part of law enforcement agencies with various levels of government, as well as the private sector. Importantly, the book offers suggestions for the best responses to the crimes committed by members of OMCGs.

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Causes and prevention of crime

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