Views & Reviews FROM THE FRONTLINE

A gangster rap

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39125.486389.59 (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:370
  1. Des Spence (destwo@yahoo.co.uk)

    Everybody needs a gang. They need the collective identity, security, and friendship, but most of all they need the sense of belonging. The royal colleges are gangs—their membership marked by polyester association ties, polymix suits, comfortable shoes, and bloated, mumbling, Godfathers—out to preserve their turf, using whatever means are necessary.

    But not even the most hardened college goodfellows could cope on the inner city streets. Here groups of young men and women, blinded by their immaturity, mete out violence without thought or insight. They mark their …

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