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Overview

The American Street Gang provides a detailed accounting, through statistics, interviews, and personal experience, of what street gangs are, how they have changed, their involvement in drug sales, and why we have not been able to stop them. Klein has been studying street gangs for more than thirty years, and he brings a sophisticated understanding of the problem to bear in this often surprising book. In contrast to the image of rigid organization and military-style leadership we see in the press, he writes, street gangs are usually loose bodies of associates, with informal and multiple leadership. Street gangs, he makes clear, are quite distinct from drug gangs - though they may share individual members. In a drug-selling operation tight discipline is required - the members are more like employees - whereas street gangs are held together by affiliation and common rivalries, with far less discipline. With statistics and revealing anecdotes, Klein offers a strong critique of the approach of many law enforcement agencies, which have demonized street gangs while ignoring the fact that they are the worst possible bodies for running disciplined criminal operations - let alone colonizing other cities. On the other hand, he shows that street gangs do spur criminal activity, and he demonstrates the shocking rise in gang homicides and the proliferation of gangs across America. Ironically, he writes, the liberal approach to gangs advocated by many (assigning a social worker to a gang, organizing non-violent gang activities) can actually increase group cohesion, which leads to still more criminal activity. And programs to erode that cohesion, Klein tells us from personal experience, can work - but they require intensive, exhausting effort.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195115734
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Malcolm W. Klein is Director of the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Southern California. A leading international authority on street gangs, he is the author of a number of books on crime and criminal justice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2001

    Great Book-read it and THINK

    First-I was a gang officer in the South Bay of California for 2 years. I believe this book NEEDS to be read by everyone, because the author punctures a lot of ideologic stances in favor of objective science. Accordingly, the current gang 'industry,' whether police or social workers, will tend to be threatened as they defend their favored approaches-both of which appear to not be addressing the primary problem of 'gang cohesion.' Also, Dr. Klein points out that the definition of 'gang' is slippery, making available data of dubious use. The book won't provide all the answers, but it will start the right questons..

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