The Modern Gang Reader

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-08-04
  • Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PR
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Building on the foundation of previous editions, this anthology provides an updated, highly accessible introduction to the most salient contemporary issues in the study of gangs. This book emphasizes defining and understanding gangs, their prevalence, structures, and behaviors, and society's responses to them. With entries drawn primarily from professional books and journals written by today's leading gang scholars, The Modern Gang Reader assembles some of the most influential and insightful contemporary research available. Topics explored in the new edition include: defining gangs; joining and leaving gangs; the variability of gang structure and behavior; gang proliferation and migration; the extent of the current gang problem; race and gender issues; the relationship between gangs, violence, and drugs; and various programmatic and policy responses to gangs, including prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts. Thought-provoking introductions to each article guide the student by identifying and explaining central issues, key concepts, and relationships among topics. This provides internal cohesiveness and structure to the selections. Consensus is not a hallmark of gang literature, and The Modern Gang Reader exposes students to the array of dissenting points of view that represent the numerous ongoing controversies over the nature of gangs.

Table of Contents

New to the Third Edition
Section 1
Defining and Researching Gangs
The History of Gang Research
A Multiple Marginality Framework of Gangs
Antecedents of Gang Membership
Getting Into Gangs
Leaving the Gang
Section 2
Recent Patterns of Gang Problems in the United States: Results From the 1996-2002 National Youth Gang Survey
The Evolution of Street Gangs: An Examination of Form and Variation
Street Gangs: A Cross-National Perspective
Gang Members on the Move
Inside the Fremont Hustlers
The Working Gang
An Overview of the Challenge of Prison Gangs
Section 3
Race and Gender Differences Between Gang and Nongang Youth: Results From a Multi-Site Study
Chinese Gangs and Extortion
Patterns of Ethnic Violence in a Frankfurt Street Gang
Female Gangs: A Focus on Research
The Impact of Sex Composition on Gangs and Gang Member Delinquency
Section 4
Membership in Youth Gangs and Involvement in Serious and Violent Offending
Gang Involvement and Delinquency in a Middle School Population
Situations of Violence in the Lives of Girl Gang Members
Defining Gang Homicide: An Updated Look at Member and Motive Approaches
Gang Homicide in LA, 1981-2001
Street Gang Crime in Chicago
"Getting High and Getting By": Dimensions of Drug Selling Behaviors Among American Mexican Gang Members in South Texas
Section 5
Public Policy Responses to Gangs: Evaluating the Outcomes
G-Dog and the Homeboys
New Approaches to the Strategic Prevention of Gang and Group-Involved Violence
A Study of Police Gang Units in Six Cities
Gang Problems and Gang Programs in a National Sample of Schools: Summary
The National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program
Antigang Legislation and Its Potential Impact: The Promises and the Pitfalls
For the Sake of the Neighborhood? Civil Gang Injunctions as a Gang Intervention Tool in Southern California
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