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The History of Gangs in New Zealand

By Jarrod Gilbert

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Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: New Zealand, 01 May 2013
The Devil's Henchmen throwing Molotov cocktails at the Epitaph Riders in Christchurch's first gang war. Prime Minister Rob Muldoon surrounded by Black Power members at the Royal Tiger Tavern in Wellington. The Magogs and the Mothers, PEP schemes and P dealers, patches and ridgies, colours and class: for five decades gangs have had a massive impact on New Zealand life. Based on ten years of research among gangs, Patched is the first major history of gang life in New Zealand. Jarrod Gilbert traces the story from the bodgies and widgies of the 1950s, through the rise of the Hells Angels and other 'bikie' gangs in the 1960s, the growth of the Mongrel Mob and Black Power in the 1970s and on to shifts in gang activity around drugs and organised crime over the last ten years. Throughout, Gilbert brings us the gang members, the police and the politicians in their own gripping and gritty words. In this violent and sometimes horrifying book, Jarrod Gilbert takes readers for the first time inside a tough but revealing part of New Zealand life.


About the Author

Jarrod Gilbert spent ten years with New Zealand gangs researching this book. He received a University of Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship and a C. Wright Mills Award, earning his PhD in sociology in 2010. Gilbert now conducts independent research, lectures at the University of Canterbury and is frequently sought by the media to comment on gangs.


"Jarrod Gilbert's book is thorough, readable, scholarly, provocative and ground-breaking." --Paul Little, " North & South" "I highly recommend "Patched" to anyone seeking to understand the development and growth of various gang cultures within our communities." --Celia Lashlie, "The Listener"

EAN: 9781869407292
ISBN: 1869407296
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 3.2 centimeters (0.68 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Russell on
The book has the wrong title. It should be called A History of... not The history of, as it is not. The research is not as through as it should have been as the author ommitted to cross reference the information provided by individuals to confirm authenticity. He misses the opportunity to explore the club wars in Chch of the early to mid eighties and their background that were far more violent than the seventies.

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