TITLE

THE MEANING OF FAMILY AND HOME FOR YOUNG PASIFIKA PEOPLE INVOLVED IN GANGS IN THE SUBURBS OF SOUTH AUCKLAND

AUTHOR(S)
Nakhid, Camille
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Jun2009, Issue 35, p112
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article uses in-depth interviews conducted with 26 Pasifika youth gang members from two South Auckland suburbs to explore how these youth perceive family and home in the context of their role as a gang member. The voices of these youth, obtained in a series of focus group interviews organised according to their gang affiliation, provide us with the opportunity to understand the place and meaning that family and home have in the lives of these young people. The data show that being a member of a family remains a key desire for youth gang members, and that a supportive immediate family takes priority over the gang family. Home to the youth included the streets, neighbourhood and community in which their immediate family and gang family resided. Of interest is that young Pasifika people involved in gangs were not seeking to replace their immediate family or home with a gang family or for a life on the street but extended their meanings of family and home to include the gang and the street.
ACCESSION #
48923974

 

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