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Life in the Gang
Family, Friends, and Violence

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: August 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521565660

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  • This study is based on three years of field work with ninety-nine active gang members and twenty-four family members. The book describes the attractiveness of gangs, the process of joining, their chaotic and loose organization, and their members' predominant activities--mostly hanging out, drinking, and using drugs--and their rather slapdash involvement in major property crime and drug traffic. Extensive interviews with family members provide groundbreaking insights into the gang members' lives, and the story is told largely in the gang members' own words.

    • Book is based on compelling interviews with active gang members and their relatives - includes lots of direct quotes
    • Provides new information about family members, not available in other books
    • Controversial, contradicts public stereotypes of highly organized gang predators
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    "...the authors make effective use of direct quotes from subjects as well as limited bar charts to present distributions of characteristics of the youth and their beliefs" Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521565660
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.503kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. 'Are you claiming?': methods of study
    3. 'I'm down with the Bloods, what's up cuz?': individual issues
    4. 'We ain't no worldwide thing or nothing': group membership issues
    5. 'Where you hanging?': minor crime and gang members
    6. 'I love to bang': serious crime by gang members
    7. Gang members and social institutions
    8. Gang members and their families
    9. Responding to gangs: theory and policy

  • Authors

    Scott H. Decker, University of Missouri, St Louis

    Barrik van Winkle, University of Texas, Austin

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