Barrio Gangs Street Life and Identity in Southern California

ISBN-10: 0292711190

ISBN-13: 9780292711198

Edition: 1988

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Description: "This book is a major contribution to understanding Chicano gangs, and the multiple marginality framework will prove helpful in understanding other Chicano subcultures in very different contexts." American Anthropologist Within the Mexican American barrios of Los Angeles, gang activity, including crime and violent acts, has grown and flourished. In the past, community leaders and law enforcement officials have approached the problem, not as something that needs to be understood, but only as something to be gotten rid of. Rejecting that approach, James D. Vigil asserts that only by understanding the complex factors that give birth and persistence to gangs can gang violence be ended. Drawing on many years of experience in the barrios as a youth worker, high school teacher, and researcher, Vigil identifies the elements from which gangs spring: isolation from the dominant culture, poverty, family stress and crowded households, peer pressure, and the adolescent struggle for self-identity. Using interviews with actual gang members, he reveals how the gang often functions as parent, school, and law enforcement in the absence of other role models in the gang members' lives. And he accounts for the longevity of gangs, sometimes over decades, by showing how they offer barrio youth a sense of identity and belonging nowhere else available.

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

James Diego Vigil is Professor of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Ecological and Socioeconomic Background to Emergence of Street Gangs
Sociocultural Factors in the Choloization of the Mexican American Youth- Population
Four Life Histories-Wizard, Geronimo, Freddie, and Henry
The Gang Subculture as a Lifeway: Structure, Process, and Form
The Notorious Side of the Gang Subculture
Psychodynamics of Gangs
Conclusion
Glossary
References
Index
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