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Gangs and Society Alternative Perspectives

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ISBN-10: 0231121415

ISBN-13: 9780231121415

Edition: 2003

Authors: Louis Kontos, David Brotherton, Luis Barrios, David C. Brotherton

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Compiled by three leading experts in the psychological, sociological, and criminal justice fields, this volume addresses timely questions from an eclectic range of positions. The product of a landmark conference on gangs, Gangs and Society brings together the work of academics, activists, and community leaders to examine the many functions and faces of gangs today. Analyzing the spread of gangs from New York to Texas to the West Coast, the book covers such topics as the spirituality of gangs, the place of women in gang culture, and the effect on gangs of a variety of educational programs and services for at-risk youth. The final chapter examines the "gang-photography phenomenon" by looking…    
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Louis Kontos is an associate professor of sociology at Long Island University, C. W. Post campus.David C. Brotherton is an associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center.Luis Barrios is an assistant professor of psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. With David Brotherton, he co-authored Between Black and Gold: The Street Politics of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation(Columbia 2003).

Introduction
Theory and Methodology
A Note on Social Theory and the American Street Gang
Toward a Typology of Contemporary Mexican American Youth Gangs
The Negligible Role of Gangs in Drug Distribution in New York City in the 1990s
Marginal Youth, Personal Identity, and the Contemporary Gang: Reconstructing the Social World?
Gangs and Politics
Gangs and the Contemporary Urban Struggle: An Unappreciated Aspect of Gangs
Urban Street Activists: Gang and Community Efforts to Bring Peace and Justice to Los Angeles Neighborhoods
Gangs, Agency, and At-Risk Youth
The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation and the Spirituality of Resistance: Agency, Social Cohesion, and Liberating Rituals in the Making of a Street Organization
Education in the Reform of Street Organizations in New York City
Women and Gangs
Liberating Yet Limiting: The Paradox of Female Gang Membership
Amor de Reina! The Pushes and Pulls of Group Membership among the Latin Queens
Gangs and Social Control
Gangs and the Law
The Gang Crackdown in the Prisons of Massachusetts: Arbitrary and Harsh Treatment Can Only Make Matters Worse
Gangs and Photography
On the Subject of Gang Photography
From Civil War to Gang War: The Tragedy of Edgar Bolanos
Snapshots of a Movement: The New York Latin Kings and Queens 1996-99
Contributors
Index