From the Publisher
"Anyone who desires to understand more fully the nature of gangs in the United States must turn to this wonderful book. The handbook is highly recommended for all collections."
American Reference Books Annual
"A rock-solid addition … and, best of all, an enormous list of references. The information is well-organized and clearly presented. A valuable addition."
School Library Journal
"The topic of gangs … is of great interest to secondary and undergraduate students. Recommended for public, secondary, and undergraduate libraries."
"In this well-researched and well-organized book, the author considers general aspects about gangs, such as why kids join them, female roles … However, the rest of the material is unique … excellent references. Index. Recommended."
The Book Report
"…a thorough and scholarly examination of gangs in the United States."
VOYA - Susan R. Farber
This entry in the Contemporary World Issues series is a thorough and scholarly examination of gangs in the United States. Kinnear, author of Violent Children: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO, 1995/VOYA February 1996), provides an authoritative overview of the topic by carefully defining what constitutes a gang; social and racial factors involved; and the makeup and growth of gangs in certain areas. Kinnear gives a brief history of gangs and short biographical sketches of important people who have studied gangs in depth, ranging from popular author Leon Bing to well-known scholar Lewis Yablonsky. Students of sociology will find this section particularly helpful. Statistical information is current as of 1990 and includes national surveys and demographics, along with state laws and federal initiatives enacted to control the gang-related problems. Further information is offered in directories of organizations and detailed lists of printed resources. Non-print resources, such as Internet sites and other on-line data, might be less valuable to students and researchers due to the rate of change inherent in cyberspace. Libraries will find that Gangs complements Gini Sikes's 8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangsters (Anchor Books, 1997) and books intended for middle school and junior high students, such as Gail Stewart's Gangs (Lucent, 1997), Ben Sonder's Gangs (Benchmark Books, 1996), and the personal narratives contained in Voices from the Streets: Young Former Gang Members Tell Their Stories (Little, Brown, 1996/VOYA December 1996) . Index. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-A rock-solid addition, this book follows the series format: overview, chronology, biographical sketches, statistics, documents, and, best of all, an enormous list of references, including organizations, books, articles, manuals, government reports, videos, and on-line and Internet sites. Topics treated briefly in the overview include theories on why young people join gangs, racial and ethnic gangs, and intervention and prevention. Because it presents an authoritative and evenhanded review of the literature, Gangs would be useful as a collection development tool for librarians, and as a starting point for research for high school students. The information is well organized and clearly presented. Though the reading level is high, the jargon is carefully explained and integrated into the text. There are no graphics. A valuable addition.-Kathy Fritts, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR
A general information and resource guide providing a historical
chronology; biographical sketches; facts and statistics, documents,
and quotations; directory of organizations; selected print resources;
and selected nonprint resources.
Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.