BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: Gangs: the Usual Suspects?

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From Brighton Rock and Goodfellas to the streets of Glasgow, London’s East End and Chicago, what’s it really like to be part of organised crime? Matthew Sweet calls a meeting with criminologists Dick Hobbs and Alistair Fraser and youth worker and reporter on the London riots Symeon Brown.

Symeon Brown describes himself as an ’activist/writer on youth, justice and urbanism’ and is a journalist for Channel 4 News reporting on gangs and prisons.

Alistair Fraser researches gang culture with a particular focus on youth ‘gangs’, street-based teenagers involved in criminal activity in Glasgow, Chicago and Hong Kong. His most recent publication is Gangs and Crime: Critical Alternatives and his book Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City, was awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize.

Dick Hobbs is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminology Centre at the University of Essex, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Sydney. Dick grew up in the East End of London and has spent his academic life talking to bouncers, drug dealers, gang members and gangsters about their lives in the city. He has written a trilogy of books on life and crime and policing: Doing the Business, Bad Business and Lush Life.

Matthew Sweet is author and a columnist for Art Quarterly and Newsweek and presents Free Thinking and Sound of Cinema on BBC Radio 3 and The Philosopher’s Arms on BBC Radio 4.


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  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Monday 5 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Monday 19 February.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
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Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

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