Wannabe: Gangs in Suburbs and Schools / Edition 1

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America's Suburban Gangs is the first book written about youth gangs in suburbs and schools. Based on interviews with over 400 boys and girls between the ages of ten and twenty, the author offers a vivid portrayal of their lives in and around gangs. It chronicles the way in which suburban youths become involved with gangs, learn about committing crimes and violent acts, and gradually begin to question their loyalty to gang life.

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"This is a book that generates rich insights into a disturbingsocietal problem bedevilling our entire nation. People who dealwith children but who have little personal knowledge about theneighborhoods and streets where children live their private lives... will gain a new outlook on the emotional scarring that childrensuffer in gangs, a new appreciation of the scope and extent of thedestructive dilemma gangs pose for our way of life, and a newunderstanding of how best to approach the challenge of formulatingconstructive efforts of prevention and rehabilitation in localurban, suburban, and rural communities across the United States."Thomas Shannon, National School Boards Association, USA

"Wannabe is a poignant reminder of just how difficult itwill be to develop public policy designed to control the 'youthgangs' which so terrorize both urban and suburban neighborhoods.Dan Monti's contribution is the brutal honesty of his work. Thewords, however, are not his own. He lets the gang-bangers andwannabes tell their stories. Chilling stories, 'out of the mouthsof babes', about children and young adults who moonlight asorganized criminals and contract killers. God help us! We will needit." Robert Destro, Catholic University School of Law, Formermember United States Commission on Civil Rights

"Dan Monti's study of the Fairview School District was in-depthand a revealing description of the impact of gangs on school-ageyouth and the school environment .... Read and take heed, this ishappening in your school district." Superintendent, FairviewSchool District

"Wannabe is very well written, very interesting, andcertainly of great importance in understanding how our society isto deal with some of its most intractable problems. I was struck bythe fact that gangs serve as a focus of identity for those who jointhem, not because it is a new idea, but because our schools havebeen systematically stripped of any affective qualities - anythingthat might provide an alternative sense of identity." DianeRavitch, The Brookings Institution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557866158
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/13/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Monti is Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston University. He has written extensively on ethnic relations, educational reform, violence, and urban affairs.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Edwin J Delattre.

1. Introductions.

2. Gangs in the World of Children.

3. Coming of Age.

4. Going Along with the Program.

5. Learning to Ride a Bicycle.


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