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Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives

Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives

by Louis Kontos
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare - Matthew T. Theriot
The book's editors...do a remarkable job of highlighting the economic, political, social and cultural factors that impact the activities of gangs.

Choice
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.

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
The book's editors...do a remarkable job of highlighting the economic, political, social and cultural factors that impact the activities of gangs.

— Matthew T. Theriot

City Limits
From the Jets to the Bloods to the Latin Kings, gangs have long symbolized the roughest parts of urban America. Still, argues this collection of essays, crime and theft are just a part of what fuels their existence; gangs' roles in communities is far more complex.

Contemporary Sociology
The popular image that depicts gangs as nothing more than criminal enterprises is too restrictive a picture. Gangs and Society moves beyond this tradition and instead represents an important advancement in understanding the role gangs play in some urban communities.... this work is certainly a meaningful addition to the existing gang literature.

— Sean P. Varano

Contemporary Sociology - Sean P. Varano
The popular image that depicts gangs as nothing more than criminal enterprises is too restrictive a picture.Gangs and Society moves beyond this tradition and instead represents an important advancement in understanding the role gangs play in some urban communities.... this work is certainly a meaningful addition to the existing gang literature.

Tom Hayden
Finally! A solidly researched book that challenges the conservative academic dogma of gang members as incorrigible superpredators.... May this book provoke a great rethinking of all that is amiss in our society today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231507516
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/14/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
7 MB

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Joan Moore
Challenges much conventional wisdom about gangs and fills a long-standing gap.... Many of the pieces-most conspicuously those on photojournalism-offer a fresh perspective in the often stale scholarly discourse on this most political of criminological topics.

William Kornblum
An outstanding set of articles that constitute a new look at an old phenomenon, the urban youth gang.

Meet the Author

Louis Kontos is an associate professor of sociology at Long Island University, C. W. Post campus.

David C. Brotherton is an associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Luis Barrios is an assistant professor of psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. With David Brotherton, he co-authored Between Black and Gold: The Street Politics of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (Columbia 2003).

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