Gangs and Violence

Gangs and Violence

by Capstone Press, Incorporated

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Various kinds of gangs are described, including how and where they develop, various ways members are required to behave, and how they create problems with their violent and often unpredictable actions. Examples of how to leave a gang are discussed and ways to decrease gang influence in a neighborhood are discussed. Supporting the reader are chapter overviews, numerous sidebars of short wellchosen anecdotes about teenagers in or around gangs, some of which would make good discussion starters, and certain "myths" which are demythologized. In addition, each chapter ends with four or five points to consider, either in writing or in class discussion. Photographs are mostly decorative rather than informative. Glossary, index, further readings, and website addresses support the interested student. "Perspectives on Violence" series. 2000. Capstone/LifeMatters, Ages 12 to 16, $22.60. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-In the first book, Gedatus discusses the dynamics of gang membership and the effects of gang activity on society. Topics include racial affinities and conflicts, affluent suburban groups, school and neighborhood involvement, programs designed to discourage recruitment, and legislation. The second title deals with hate speech, which is protected by law, and hate crimes. The work of several organizations to counter hate is discussed. In both books, brief chapters are introduced by an overview and close with questions that can be used as catalysts for discussion. The concise narratives record the experiences of teens, but it is not clear whether they are fictional. Sources for statistics are not cited. The attractive book design features color photos of people of different ethnic origins, but many are small. The author's perspective is positive and hopeful; he believes that negative attitudes are learned, that hearts and minds can be changed, and that the response of an individual can make a difference. His suggestions for nonconfrontational responses to gangs and hate talk and activity make good sense.-Libby K. White, Jewish Vocational Services, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Perspectives on Violence Series
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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