Female Gang Delinquency: A Search for "Acceptably Deviant Behavior"

William J. Swart
1991 Social Thought and Research  
This paper explores tile forms of female gang delinquency through an analysis of ambiguous deviance norms operating within the gang structure. Caught within competing behavioral norms, female gang members are forced to "fine tune" their deviant behavior in order to make it "acceptable" to their unique position as females within a delinquent gang. The resulting behavior is a "typical" Jonn of female delinquency which is deviant enough for gang membership but not so deviant as to be seen as a
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doi:10.17161/str.1808.5061 fatcat:rrbpyalqf5anzn6q6tufgv5hqe