The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang / Edition 1

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Overview

From Los Angeles and New York to Chicago and Miami, street gangs are regarded as one of the most intractable crime problems facing our cities, and a vast array of resources is being deployed to combat them. This book chronicles the astounding self-transformation of one of the most feared gangs in the United States into a social movement acting on behalf of the dispossessed, renouncing violence and the underground economy, and requiring school attendance for membership.

What caused the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation of New York City to make this remarkable transformation? And why has it not happened to other gangs elsewhere? David C. Brotherton and Luis Barrios were given unprecedented access to new and never-before-published material by and about the Latin Kings and Queens, including the group's handbook, letters written by members, poems, rap songs, and prayers. In addition, they interviewed more than one hundred gang members, including such leaders as King Tone and King Hector. Featuring numerous photographs by award-winning photojournalist Steve Hart, the book explains the symbolic significance for the gang of hand gestures, attire, rituals, and rites of passage. Based on their inside information, the authors craft a unique portrait of the lives of the gang members and a ground-breaking study of their evolution.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice - A. A. Sisneros

Recommended. Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and policy makers

Choice - A.A. Sisneros
Recommended. Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and policy makers
Chronicle of Higher Education

In The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang, Mr. Brotherton and Mr. Barrios provide a detailed analysis of the rise and fall of the gang's reform process, which had fallen into severe difficulties by 2001.

Youth Today

[This] well-researched book seems to focus intentionally on the social and structural aspects of the gang, because understanding those is key to understanding gang membership and steering youth out of it.

Choice
Recommended. Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and policy makers

— A. A. Sisneros

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231114196
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 923,357
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David C. Brotherton, a sociologist, is an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Luis Barrios, a psychologist, is an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Together they edited (along with Louis Kontos) Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives. Luis Barrios is assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he teaches courses on Latino psychology and ethnic studies. He has written several articles on gangs and he is the co-editor (with Louis Kontos and David Brotherton) of Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives, which will be published by Columbia University Press in Spring 2003.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe StudyThe Theory of GangsPolitics and GangsWho are the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation?The Tradions of King BloodNon-Gang Traditions INon-Gang Traditions IIThe Level of Organization and Structure of the Latin KingsMembershipIdentity and Collective ResistanceGoals Versus ActsPerceived AdversariesConclusion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    Latin Kings of NY Not CHICAGO THE MOTHERLAND

    This book talks about The King Nation of New York which to begin with is all too Confusing. If your a gang how are you trying to do something good. If thats your case call yourself a Organization. Not to mention have a Leader who use to be a Ex-Heroin addict. If readers really want to know about Latin Kings and gangs. Read 'My Bloody Life'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    Kings Evolving As The Irish Did Before Them

    The Kings are Evolving As The Irish Did Before them. The first gangs in America were Irish and as they evolved out of poverty and disenfrancisement into a power base and structre they evolved out of gangdom into assilimation and a true power base. This is taking place with the Kings and this book chronicles this transformation that should be studied and used as a model to help similar groups throughout the country. Congradualtions Kings, you will only be free though until your crime rings and elements move out of those old gangster notions. The Irish realized this and put their own in the White House.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    Im King Flow from NY Chapter BGE

    Alot of people say the Latin Kings are a gang. We are not. If you looked at why we came up, you will see our principles are different than any others. We are an organization for the simple fact that we are organized. Many kings do not live and think like kings. Nobody is an angel. Some kings and queens do what they do for their choice but they are punished for their wrong doings. Other like myself and my tribe do the best we can for latinos. Even in monarch times...there were god kings but there we also tyrants...1.4.18

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2004

    Like it heard through these streets' Don't judge if you don't see'

    The book is a great source to open your acknowledgement towards Kings in the world. But, one thing is for a fact it could say whatever it wants to say. But, you have to be a King or a Queen to understand wher we coming from.I'm not saying that all Kings are perfect but is the truth. Some Kings kill some just want to do the right thing. But the worsest part of all is that if something happens we are soon to be blame just because some people use our color. But those people are fake even some people that are in the family are fake. But like I said don't judge if you don't know... Thank You.... A.D.R. 360 4 Lyfe Baby

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