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Gangs in America's Communities



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SAGE Publications, Inc

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This is the edition with a publication date of 11/9/2011.
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This book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date, and theoretically-grounded approach to gangs and youth violence. It covers significant topics of interest to gang scholars and practitioners and, in doing so, serves to prepare students to work with gang members, develop and manage anti-gang programs, or engage in scholarly endeavors. The book introduces readers to the foundations of gang studies through the origins of gangs, definitions and categories of youth/street gangs (and the distinctions between these arguably different types), national and international trends, distinguishing features of serious street gangs, what works with gangs and what doesn'"t, and myths and realities. James Howell'"s extensive experience in this area allows access to the most authoritative national survey data on gang trends, providing insight into topics such as female gangs, migration of gang members, small-town gangs versus the major adult gangs in large cities, gang homicides and drug trafficking.

Table of Contents

History of Gangs in the United States
Myths and Realities of Youth Gangs
Defining Gangs and Gang Members
Early Gang Theories and Modern-Day Applications
Gang Involvement as a Developmental Trajectory
Girls and Gangs
National Gang Problem Trends: 1996 to 2009
Urban Gangs and Violence
What Works: Gang Prevention
What Works: a Comprehensive Gang Program Model
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