Based on in-depth interviews with ten women who, like GIennIs Dennehy, are former gang associates. This book widens the understanding and dispels some of the myths about the secretive of New Zealand gangs. It considers how and why women get into gangs, the inferior roles they occupy, the dynamics that them there ( including violence, gang rape, and intimidation), and the means by whIch women can escape gang control. In examining gang violence against women, the book confronts issues common to all forms of domestic violence -a point emphasized in the foreword by Merepeka Raukawa-Tait. An appendix provides the first published history and development of New Zealand gangs. Thoroughly researched and frankly written, this is a book that may quite literally save lives. For a number of years until 1991, through her former husband, Glennis Dennehy was associated with one of New Zealand's largest motorcycle gangs. She was awarded a BA in 1996. She gained her MA First Class Honours in 2000 with a thesis on which this book is based. Greg Newbold is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Canterbury.A former prison inmate, he is the author of five books on crime. criminal justice and social history in New Zealand, and is often consulted by New Zealand government agencies on matters to do with crime and criminal justice.
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