Overview

Most major American cities are now confronted with serious problems derived from gang violence, drug traffic, and disruption of the public educational system. In face of deindustrialization and deepening recession, many minority youngsters view gangs as attractive alternatives to a futile search for employment in a deteriorating urban economy. Perhaps most significant, gangs are now being to emerge in small and medium-sized cities.
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Gangs

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Overview

Most major American cities are now confronted with serious problems derived from gang violence, drug traffic, and disruption of the public educational system. In face of deindustrialization and deepening recession, many minority youngsters view gangs as attractive alternatives to a futile search for employment in a deteriorating urban economy. Perhaps most significant, gangs are now being to emerge in small and medium-sized cities.
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Social scientists and scholars examine the contemporary contours of America's gang problem. New material dealing with wilding gangs, migration and drug trafficking, and public educational disruption is presented. Other topics covered include how gangs are organized, what social function they serve, their relation to conventional society, and the social and psychological factors that contribute to their rise. The volume also includes a section on public policy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438400198
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I What We Know and Do Not Know About Gangs
1 Origins and Problems of Gang Research in the United States 3
2 Gangs, Drugs, and Violence 27
Pt. II The Behavior and Organization of Gangs in Different Settings
3 Anatomy of a Wilding Gang 49
4 "Down With the Program": Racial Attitudes and Group Violence Among Youth in Bensonhurst and Gravesend 75
5 The Established Gang 95
6 Hispanic Street Gangs in Chicago's Public Schools 113
7 Blazon Nouveau: Gang Graffiti in the Barrios of Los Angeles and Chicago 137
8 The Working Gang 173
9 Gang Organization and Migration 193
10 Gangs in More- and Less-Settled Communities 219
Pt. III What Can Be Done About Gangs
11 Moral Panic and the Response to Gangs in California 257
12 Gangs and Civil Rights 277
13 Public Policy and Gangs: Social Science and the Urban Underclass 305
Contributors 321
Selected Bibliography 325
Index 353
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