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Panic The Social Construction of the Street Gang Problem

ISBN-10: 0130944580
ISBN-13: 9780130944580
Edition: 2002
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Description: For undergraduate-level courses in Special Topics in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Juvenile Delinquency. This text challenges many of the claims made by law enforcement and the media regarding the nature and extent of the gang problem in  More...

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Book details

List price: $79.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

For undergraduate-level courses in Special Topics in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Juvenile Delinquency. This text challenges many of the claims made by law enforcement and the media regarding the nature and extent of the gang problem in the United States. Employing a social constructionist approach to the study of social problems, the authors detail how law enforcement has figured prominently in the creation and promotion of stereotypesmarketing the gang threat via the news media to protect and increase organizational resources and power. This text focuses on the events, organizations, and processes that surrounded the gang panic during the late 1980s and early 1990s, a period during which gangs expanded greatly on American cities.

Terance Miethe received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, and is currently a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He is the author of several books and research articles in the areas of criminal victimization, theories of crime, and criminal processing.

Preface
Gangs as Moral Panics
Introduction and Overview
The Emergence of the Gang Threat
Structure of the Book
Conditions, Social Problems, and Moral Panics
Objectivist versus Constructionist Views of Social Problems
The Role of Claims-Makers in Defining Social Problems
Public Bureaucrats as Claims-Makers
Claims-Making and Moral Panics
Three Examples of Moral Panics
Gangs as Moral Panics
Looking Back
Early 19th Century Urban Gangs
Western Outlaw Gangs
Urban Gangs in the Late 19th Century
Early 20th Century Gangs
Street Gangs in the 1940s and 1950s
Gangs in the 1960s and 1970s
The Police, Crime Control, and Street Gangs
The Politicization of Crime
The Criminal Justice Empire
Police Reports of the Gang Crisis
Police Response to Gangs
Crime, Gangs, and the News Media
Extent and Nature of Crime News
Media Coverage of the Criminal Justice System
Media Coverage of Gangs
Understanding Media Coverage of Crime and Gangs
Crime News, Attitudes, and Public Policy
Gangs and the Sociological Perspective
The Ascendancy of Sociological Criminology
Sociological Theories of Crime
The Emergence of the Urban Underclass
The Gang Panic in Nevada
The Gang Panic in Las Vegas
Evolution of the Gang Problem in Las Vegas
Law Enforcement Responds
The Community Mobilizes in Response to Reports of the Gang Threat
Increased Media Attention and Public Concern
The War on Gangs Intensifies
The Gang Panic on High School Campuses
Institutionalization of the Gang Panic
GIS Officers Reports on the Number of Gangs and Gang Members
GIS Officers' Claims Regarding the Threat Posed by Las Vegas Gangs
The Objective Threat Posed by Street Gangs in Las Vegas
The Gang Panic in Reno
Evolution of the Gang Problem in Reno
The Police Get Tough on Gangs
Institutionalization of the Gang Response
STEP/CAT Officers' Claims Regarding the Number of Gangs and Gang Members
STEP/CAT Officers' Claims Regarding the Threat Posed by Reno Gangs
The Objective Threat Posed by Street Gangs in Reno
Gangs in the Legislature
Gang Legislation Nationally
Evolution of Gang Legislation in Nevada
Legislative Responses to Gangs in 1989
1991 Nevada Legislative Activity
The Gang Enhancement Statute
Prosecuting Gangs
Gang Prosecution Nationally
The Clark County Gang Prosecution Unit
Washoe County Dangerous Youthful Offender Team
What Is Different about Gang Criminals and Gang Crime?
Panic at the National Level
A Nation in Panic?
A Closer Look at the Nation's Gang Problem
The Head Counts
The Threat Posed by Street Gangs
Putting the Gang Threat in Perspective
The Gang-Gun Connection
The Gang-Drug Connection
Index

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