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SAVE Supporting Document: Leaving the Gang

Logging Off and Moving On

Authors: Scott H. Decker, Foundation Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University, and David C. Pyrooz, Doctoral Candidate, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date November 2011

20 pages



Why do people leave a group that they have been a member of? What do they do to leave their group? What role, if any, do the use of social media and the Internet play in this process? These questions and more are addressed in this paper, which is a follow-on to the Summit Against Violent Extremism (SAVE) held by Google Ideas and CFR in Dublin in June 2011.

This paper was commissioned by Google Ideas. The content and opinions expressed in the paper are the authors' own.

The Council on Foreign Relations takes no institutional positions on policy issues and has no affiliation with the U.S. government. All views expressed in its publications and on its website are the sole responsibility of the author or authors.

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Scott H. Decker is foundation professor of criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University. He is the author of fifteen books and more than one hundred and twenty articles and chapters.

David C. Pyrooz is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He studies the causes and consequences of gang behaviors and is the author of twenty articles and chapters.

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