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Compiled by three leading experts in the psychological, sociological, and criminal justice fields, this volume addresses timely questions from an eclectic range of positions. The product of a landmark conference on gangs, Gangs and Society brings together the work of academics, activists, and community leaders to examine the many functions and faces of gangs today. Analyzing the spread of gangs from New York to Texas to the West Coast, the book covers such topics as the spirituality of gangs, the place of women in gang culture, and the effect on gangs of a variety of educational programs and services for at-risk youth. The final chapter examines the "gang-photography phenomenon" by looking at the functions and politics of different approaches to gang photography and features a photographic essay by Donna DeCesare, an award-winning journalist.
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— Matthew T. Theriot
A refreshing anthology on gang life in the US. The editors have compiled fascinating, serious, and informative articles concerned with the theoretical and methodological contexts of gang research, women and gangs, links between gangs and politics, the problems of youth and gang life, and the social control of gangs... An excellent, very readable source. Highly recommended.
— Sean P. Varano
IntroductionTheory and MethodologyA Note on Social Theory and the American Street Gang, by Sudhir VenkateshGangs and PoliticsToward a Typology of Contemporary Mexican American Youth Gangs, by Avelardo ValdezGangs, Agency, and At-risk YouthThe Negligible Role of Gangs in Drug Distribution in New York City in the 1990s, by Ric CurtisWomen and GangsMarginal Youth, Personal Identity, and the Contemporary Gang: Reconstructing the Social World?, by Kevin McDonaldGangs and Social ControlGangs and the Contemporary Urban Struggle: An Unappreciated Aspect of Gangs, by Albert DiChiara and Russell ChabotGangs and PhotographyUrban Street Activists: Gang and Community Efforts to Bring Justice to Los Angeles Neighborhoods, by Juan Francisco Esteva Martinez7. The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation and the Spirituality of Resistance: Agency Social Cohesion and Liberating Rituals in the Making of a Street Organization., by Luis Barrios8. Education in the Reform of Street Organizations in New York City, by David BrothertonLiberating yet Limiting: The Paradox of Female Gang Membership, by Dana NurgeAmor de Reina! The Pushes and Pulls of Group Membership among the Latin Queens, by David Brotherton and Camila Salazar-AtiasGangs and the Law, by Loren SiegelThe Gang Crackdown in the Prisons of Massachusetts: Arbitrary and Harsh Treatment Can Only Make Matters Worse, by Phillip KasselOn the Subject of Gang Photography, by Richard RodriguezFrom Civil War to Gang War: The Tragedy of Edgar Bolanos, by Donna DeCesareSnapshots of a Movement: The New York Latin Kings and Queens 1996—99, by Steve Hart and David Brotherton
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Posted March 9, 2004