This week i’m continuing my new column linking criminal behavior and dress, or perceptions of such. The goal week to week is to figure what are some of the major themes out there, determine some voids in the research, gather a strong amount of lit leads to go through, and eventually narrow in on new research directions where there could be valuable contributions from our field.
The areas of crime, justice, and perceptions and intentions of dress and identity are huge, so I’ll be canvassing as much ground as i can and as mentioned, hope to use this exercise of the bi-weekly column here on worn through to zero in on some fresh, practical, and compelling ideas to dive into further.
I realize some of these links go to sites that need a log in, which not everyone has (including me). However these posts are meant as a summarization of the types of research and writing out there, not necessarily a comprehensive lit review meant to be read word for word. It’s conceptual at this point trying to find the right research angle.
Here’s a few stories or articles this week that got my attention:
In England it is now possibly a hate crime to assault subcultural youth, often targeted based on their clothes and inspired by the tragic death of Sophie Lancaster, a teen goth who was attacked. This brings to the forefront concepts of victim and victimizer as well as otherness and fear.
This looks like an interesting article disecting some of the complications when trying to do cross-national research on street gangs and using visuals as one of the major identifiers for pastiicpation. Who Can You Believe? Complexities of International Street Gang Research by Malcolm W. Klein in the International Criminal Justice Review.
On a related note, this piece in Justice Quarterly called Gang Membership and Adherence to the “Code of the Street” DOI:10.1080/07418825.2012.684432 by Kristy N. Matsuda, Chris Melde, Terrance J. Taylor, Adrienne Freng & Finn-Aage Esbensen. They attempt to “examine the efficacy of street code-related variables to explain gang members’ heightened involvement in violent offending” which is really at the core of one of things I want to study about whether wearing the clothes aligned with criminality is a factor in increased criminality. Chicken or the egg.
There are a few articles, with some in scientific american as some of them about things like predictive policing, departments of pre-crime, and technology attempting to figure out who may be about to commit a criminal act.
As will always be requested, please send me any articles that you find.
*BBC News Image is from a project in Nottingham, England to unify rival groups within one region violently clash and use bandanas as a visual signifier. Click here for citation and to learn more.