Social networks and gang violence reduction

Michael Sierra-Arévalo, Andrew V. Papachristos

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This review traces the origins, development, and use of social network analysis in gang research and gang violence reduction strategies. Although early gang scholars intuitively recognized the networked nature of gangs and gang violence, such insights were not always leveraged by gang violence reduction efforts that became increasingly enforcement-centric throughout the twentieth century. This review describes these historical shifts, the recent advent of social network analysis in research and gang interventions, and future directions that research and interventions can take to develop a more victim-focused approach to gang violence reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-393
Number of pages21
JournalAnnual Review of Law and Social Science
StatePublished - Oct 13 2017


  • Gangs
  • Social networks
  • Street outreach
  • Victimization
  • Violence prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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