Gang Life in Two Cities An Insider's Journey

ISBN-10: 023115867X
ISBN-13: 9780231158671
Edition: 2012
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Description: Refusing to cast gangs in solely criminal terms, Robert J. Durán, a former gang member turned scholar, recasts such groups as an adaptation to the racial oppression of colonization in the American Southwest. Developing a paradigm rooted in  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Refusing to cast gangs in solely criminal terms, Robert J. Durán, a former gang member turned scholar, recasts such groups as an adaptation to the racial oppression of colonization in the American Southwest. Developing a paradigm rooted in ethnographic research and almost two decades of direct experience with gangs, Durán completes the first-ever study to follow so many marginalized groups so intensely for so long, revealing their core characteristics, behavior, and activities within two unlikely American cities.Durán spent five years in Denver, Colorado, and Ogden, Utah, conducting 145 interviews with gang members, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other related individuals. From his research, he constructs a comparative outline of the emergence and criminalization of Latino youth groups, the ideals and worlds they create, and the reasons for their persistence. He also underscores the failures of violent gang suppression tactics, which have only further entrenched these groups within the barrio. Encouraging cultural activists and current and former gang members to pursue grassroots empowerment, Durán proposes new solutions to racial oppression that challenge and truly alter the conditions of gang life.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Researching Gangs as an Insider
The War on Gangs in the Post-Civil Rights Era
Racialized Oppression and the Emergence of Gangs
Demonizing Gangs Through Religious Righteousness and Suppressed Activism
Negotiating Membership for an Adaptation to Colonization: The Gang
The Only Locotes Standing: The Persistence of Gang Ideals
Barrio Empowerment as a Strategy for Transcending Gangs
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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