Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives

Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives

by Louis Kontos
     
 

Researchers in sociology and criminal justice, a photographer and writer, a lawyer, and others offer diverging and often conflicting views of gangs and their communities. Among their topics are the negligible role of gangs in drug distribution in New York City in the 1990s, gang and community efforts to bring peace and justice to the Los Angeles neighborhoods, the… See more details below

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Researchers in sociology and criminal justice, a photographer and writer, a lawyer, and others offer diverging and often conflicting views of gangs and their communities. Among their topics are the negligible role of gangs in drug distribution in New York City in the 1990s, gang and community efforts to bring peace and justice to the Los Angeles neighborhoods, the paradox of female gang membership, and gangs and the law. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231121408
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/21/2003
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1Theory and Methodology1
1A Note on Social Theory and the American Street Gang3
2Toward a Typology of Contemporary Mexican American Youth Gangs12
3The Negligible Role of Gangs in Drug Distribution in New York City in the 1990s41
4Marginal Youth, Personal Identity, and the Contemporary Gang: Reconstructing the Social World?62
Pt. 2Gangs and Politics75
5Gangs and the Contemporary Urban Struggle: An Unappreciated Aspect of Gangs77
6Urban Street Activists: Gang and Community Efforts to Bring Peace and Justice to Los Angeles Neighborhoods95
Pt. 3Gangs, Agency, and At-Risk Youth117
7The Algmighty Latin King and Queen Nation and the Spirituality of Resistance: Agency, Social Cohesion, and Liberating Rituals in the Making of a Street Organization119
8Education in the Reform of Street Organizations in New York City136
Pt. 4Women and Gangs159
9Liberating Yet Limiting: The Paradox of Female Gang Membership161
10Amor de Reina! The Pushes and Pulls of Group Membership among the Latin Queens183
Pt. 5Gangs and Social Control211
11Gangs and the Law213
12The Gang Crackdown in the Prisons of Massachusetts: Arbitrary and Harsh Treatment Can Only Make Matters Worse228
Pt. 6Gangs and Photography253
13On the Subject of Gang Photography255
14From Civil War to Gang War: The Tragedy of Edgar Bolanos283
15Snapshots of a Movement: The New York Latin Kings and Queens 1996-99314
Contributors337
Index341

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