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

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

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by David C. Brotherton, Luis Barrios
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231114192

ISBN-13: 9780231114196

Pub. Date: 02/25/2004

Publisher: Columbia University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231114196
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
02/25/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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