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Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs and Gender

Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs and Gender

by Meda Chesney-Lind (Editor), John M. Hagedorn (Editor)

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The first of its kind, this anthology fills a void in studies of inner-city youth violence and gang behavior, challenging simplistic generalizations about female gang members. Editors Chesney-Lind (women's studies, Univ. of Hawaii, Manoa) and Hagedorn (People and Folks: Gangs, Crime, and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City) have gathered incisive articles by leading gang researchers, such as F.M. Thrasher (The Gang: A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago, Univ. of Chicago, 1996). These articles examine the lives of girl gang members in African American and Chicano communities in a compassionate manner while exploring the relations between socioeconomic status and violence from varying theoretical perspectives. The book sheds new light on youth violence and suggests viable new solutions for educators and policy makers. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.--Chogollah Maroufi, California State Univ., Los Angeles Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Presents classic and new work by gang researchers, challenging traditional scholarship about women and gangs in the US. Sections are linked by a series of interpretive critical essays that lodge chapters within the larger framework of historical and contemporary research on girls, gender, and gangs. Themes of sections are historical perspectives, emerging theoretical perspectives on gender and gang membership, "doing gender" in times of economic and social change, and girls, gangs, and violence. Chesney-Lind is a professor of women's studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Hagerdorn has studied gangs in Milwaukee for 15 years, and is an associated professor in the criminal justice department of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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