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A Glasgow Gang Observed

James Patrick

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ISBN 10: 0413289508 / ISBN 13: 9780413289506
Published by Eyre Methuen, Interior Clean and Unmarked, 1973
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Map end papers. Complete dust cover, not clipped. Pasted in news related news article opposite of title page. Quality Hardback : hard cover edition in very good condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book; in Dust Jacket in good condition with some egdewear and slight chipping. Overall good / nice copy of this scarce title. Excellent reading on the subject. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand for yourself, or would make a GREAT GIFT for the fan / reader in your life. Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. About: A 26 year old schoolmaster at a Scottish Reformatory (ListD) school, who called himself James Patrick, went undercover with the help of one of his pupils to study the often violent behaviour of the teenagers in a gang in Glasgow. He concealed all his personal information for his own safety. 256 pages. White dust cover shows minor age, discoloration. Size: True Crime Stories / Life Experiences Discoveries. Bookseller Inventory # 5029554

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Title: A Glasgow Gang Observed

Publisher: Eyre Methuen, Interior Clean and Unmarked

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hard Back / Cloth Binding

Illustrator: Dust Cover Illustrated

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Yes / Good Plus Cond.

Book Type: Biography / True Story

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In the 1960's a 26-year-old schoolmaster at a Scottish reformatory (List D) School, under the alias of James Patrick, went undercover with the help of one of his pupils to study the often violent behaviour of the teenagers in a gang in Glasgow. He managed to conceal his identity and motives and during the course of a four-month assignation in 1966 he observed closely the gang members and concluded that the boys were 'afraid of fighting other gangs but more afraid of not fighting them.' Ultimately it was 'the struggle between identification with the boys and abhorrence of their violence that forced me to quit.' This book became one of the first published observations of a Glasgow gang and as such has stood the test of time as a number of factors that Patrick identified as contributing to the growth of gang culture still remain in existence today, most crucially poverty, grim housing conditions and unemployment. This is a portrait of gang culture before the drug barons moved in and created another level of violence and as such it deserves its cult status. The republication of the book follows closely behind Peter Mullan's highly rated film 'Neds' which portrays a Glasgow gang in the 1970s.

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James Patrick is the 1966 alias of a 26-year-old schoolteacher in a List D Scottish Reformatory School. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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