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Chinatown Gangs Extortion, Enterprise, and Ethnicity

ISBN-10: 0195136276

ISBN-13: 9780195136272

Edition: 2000

Authors: Ko-lin Chin

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In Chinatown Gangs, Ko-lin Chin penetrates a closed society and presents a rare portrait of the underworld of New York City's Chinatown. Based on first-hand accounts from gang members, gang victims, community leaders, and law enforcement authorities, this pioneering study reveals the pervasiveness, the muscle, the longevity, and the institutionalization of Chinatown gangs. Chin reveals the fear gangs instill in the Chinese community. At the same time, he shows how the economic viability of the community is sapped, and how gangs encourage lawlessness, making a mockery of law enforcement agencies. Ko-lin Chin makes clear that gang crime is inexorably linked to Chinatown's political economy and social history. He shows how gangs are formed to become "equalizers" within a social environment where individual and group conflicts, whether social, political, or economic, are unlikely to be solved in American courts. Moreover, Chin argues that Chinatown's informal economy provides yet another opportunity for street gangs to become "providers" or "protectors" of illegal services. These gangs, therefore, are the pathological manifestation of a closed community, one whose problems are not easily seen--and less easily understood--by outsiders. Chin's concrete data on gang characteristics, activities, methods of operation and violence make him uniquely qualified to propose ways to restrain gang violence, and Chinatown Gangs closes with his specific policy suggestions. It is the definitive study of gangs in an American Chinatown.
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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/10/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.21" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Ko-lin Chin is Professor II (Distinguished) at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark and author of many books, including Heijin: Organized Crime, Business, and Politics in Taiwan and Golden Triangle: Inside Southeast Asia Drug Trade .

Introduction
Research Strategies and Methods
Severity of Gang Victimization
Patterns of Gang Extortion
Victim Reactions to Gang Extortion
Gang Characteristics
Gang Violence
The Gang as a Enterprise
Controlling Chinese Gangs