Gangs: The Origins and Impact of Contemporary Youth Gangs in the United States / Edition 1

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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: 9780791413265
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: SUNY series in Urban Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 355
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I What We Know and Do Not Know About Gangs

1. Origins and Problems of Gang Research in the United States
Daniel J. Monti

2. Gangs, Drugs, and Violence
Joan Moore

Part II The Behavior and Organization of Gangs in Different Settings

3. Anatomy of a Wilding Gang
Scott Cummings

4. "Down With the Program": Racial Attitudes and Group Violence Among Youth in Bensonhurst and Gravesend
Howard Pinderhughes

5. The Established Gang
Diego Vigil

6. Hispanic Street Gangs in Chicago's Public Schools
Ray Hutchison and Charles Kyle

7. Blazon Nouveau: Gang Graffiti in the Barrios of Los Angeles and Chicago
Ray Hutchison

8. The Working Gang
Felix Padilla

9. Gang Organization and Migration
Jerome H. Skolnick, Ricky Bluthenthal, and Theodore Correl

10. Gangs in More- and Less-Settled Communities
Daniel J. Monti

Part III What Can Be Done About Gangs

11. Moral Panic and the Response to Gangs in California
Pat Jackson with Cary Rudman

12. Gangs and Civil Rights
Robert A. Destro

13. Public Policy and Gangs: Social Science and the Urban Underclass
Scott Cummings and Daniel J. Monti

Contributors

Selected Bibliography

Index

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