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Dead End Kids exposes both the depravity and the humanity in gang life through the eyes of a teenaged girl named Cara, a member of a Kansas City gang. In this shocking yet compassionate account, Mark Fleisher shows how gang girls’ lives are shaped by poverty, family disorganization, and parental neglect.
“A lively, compelling tale of urban misery and dashed hope, Fleisher’s work humanizes gang girls and identifies the psychological, cultural, and social forces that condemn the distaff side of America’s [gangs] to their dead-end lives.”—Donna Gaines, Village Voice Literary Supplement
“Fleisher aptly describes the economic and social pressures that contribute to gang formation, youth violence, teen pregnancy, and other social ills plaguing U.S. cities.”—Vanessa Bush, Booklist
“I recommend it to all who want to understand the dynamics of inner-city life and the reasons that current crime and poverty programs cannot succeed. If middle-class America could digest its core ideas, dramatic changes in policy might result.”—Jim Quinn, Law and Politics Book Review
“Dead End Kids is an important and exceptional study. Anyone who cares about young people should read it and feel compelled to take action.”—Jody Miller, Chicago Tribune