Youth Gangs in American Society

  • Filename: youth-gangs-in-american-society.
  • ISBN: 9781133049562
  • Release Date: 2012-06-14
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Randall Shelden
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

This comprehensive and widely respected survey of the literature on gangs and gang activities in America includes theoretical perspectives on why gangs exist, gang typologies, descriptions of gang activities, and various intervention strategies for dealing with gangs. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Youth Gangs in American Society

  • Filename: youth-gangs-in-american-society.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015031878765
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Number of pages: 250
  • Author: Randall G. Shelden
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

"For many people, the typical image of youth gangs continues to be the popular media's portrayal of Bloods, Crips, and Skin Heads. But are today's gangs really that easy to classify?" "Surprisingly, the answer is no according to Youth Gangs in American Society." "Youth Gangs in American Society is one of the few criminal justice studies to explore the phenomenon of gangs as an outgrowth of society's need to explain crimes committed by children. It investigates the history and development of gangs through a broad approach that looks at several sociological aspects related to gangs - from the basic human need to bond to the media and law enforcement's responsibility for creating an image of gangs that does not always reflect reality." "Youth Gangs in American Society also provides readers with a scholarly study of gangs supported by the latest research and statistics. It is an essential resource for anyone who needs to understand gang typology, culture, and activities, particularly students of criminal justice, social work, and sociology." "In addition, a special chapter entitled "Girls and Gangs" examines this frequently overlooked topic. And two chapters on gang intervention strategies helps readers translate current theory and research into effective action plans."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Girls Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

  • Filename: girls-delinquency-and-juvenile-justice.
  • ISBN: 1118454065
  • Release Date: 2014-01-28
  • Number of pages: 360
  • Author: Meda Chesney-Lind
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

In the last two decades data on girls' detention and incarceration reveals a remarkable shift in their treatment, resulting in increased arrest and detention. It is now the case that girls coming into the criminal justice system are much more likely to be jailed. In light of girls' increased arrests for delinquency, this book--the only textbook to focus exclusively on girls and crime--is both timely and highly relevant. The new edition of "Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice" combines cutting-edge research and expanded coverage of girls' violence to include data showing that, despite media hype, girls are not becoming more violent. It also covers girls in gangs and the emerging literature on the sexual trafficking of girls, adding some complexity to the sometimes over-hyped discussion of this issue. The overall approach is global in context.

Youth Gangs in International Perspective

  • Filename: youth-gangs-in-international-perspective.
  • ISBN: 9781461416586
  • Release Date: 2011-12-13
  • Number of pages: 322
  • Author: Finn-Aage Esbensen
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

As a steady source of juvenile delinquents and an incubator for future adult offenders, the youth gang has long been a focus of attention, from their origins and prevalence to intervention and prevention strategies. But while delinquent youth form gangs worldwide, youth gang research has generally focused on the U.S. Youth Gangs in International Perspective provides a needed corrective by offering significant studies from across Europe, as well as Trinidad-Tobago and Israel. The book spans the diversity of the field in the cultural and scholarly traditions represented and methods used, analyzing not only the social processes under which gangs operate and cohere, but also the evolution of the research base, starting with the Eurogang Program’s definition of the term youth gang. Cross-national and gender issues are discussed, as are measurement concerns and the possibility that the American conception of the youth gang is impeding European understanding of these groups. Among the topics covered: Gang dynamics through the lens of social identity theory. Defining gangs in youth correctional settings. Gang gender composition and youth delinquency. From Stockholm: a holistic approach to gang intervention. Gang membership as a turning point in the life course. The impact of globalization, immigration, and social process on neo-Nazi youth gangs. Filling a critical gap in the literature, Youth Gangs in International Perspective will find a wide audience among criminologists, policymakers specializing in youth crime, and researchers and graduate students in criminology, political science, and youth studies.

Gangs in America s Communities

  • Filename: gangs-in-america-s-communities.
  • ISBN: 9781412979535
  • Release Date: 2011-11-09
  • Number of pages: 347
  • Author: James C. Howell
  • Publisher: SAGE

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.

Delinquency and Juvenile Justice in American Society

  • Filename: delinquency-and-juvenile-justice-in-american-society.
  • ISBN: 9781478610175
  • Release Date: 2011-08-08
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Author: Randall G. Shelden
  • Publisher: Waveland Press

Extensively revised, the second edition blends theory, research, and applications into a superb overview of the complex issues surrounding juvenile delinquency and societys attempts to address juvenile crime. After providing an excellent historical foundation, Shelden presents the theories essential to understanding crime and delinquency. He then explores the system and its effects on juveniles and society, including comprehensive coverage of female delinquency. The social, legal, and political influences on how the public perceives juveniles and the inequality in U.S. society that affects families, communities, and schools are highlighted throughout the book. The concluding chapter looks at solutions that have worked and identifies trends in treating juvenile delinquency. The authors almost four decades of teaching about and researching juveniles and the system make him eminently qualified to offer readers the tools necessary to think critically about delinquency and to evaluate the policies enacted to manage the juveniles who violate the laws. Delinquency and Juvenile Justice in American Society, 2/E provides affordable, up-to-date, easily accessible, and thorough analysis of a significant topic.


  • Filename: gangs.
  • ISBN: 079141325X
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 355
  • Author: Scott Cummings
  • Publisher: SUNY Press

This book is an examination of contemporary gangs in American cities. Gangs have proliferated over the past ten years and pose a new set of challenges to public officials, law enforcement agencies, and urban educators. Most major cities are now confronted with serious problems derived from gang violence, drug traffic, and disruption of the public educational system. In the face of deindustrialization and deepening recession, many minority youngsters view gangs as attractive alternatives to a futile search for employment in a deteriorating urban economy. Perhaps most significant, gangs are now beginning to emerge in small and medium-sized cities. Some of the nation s leading scientists and scholars have been brought together in this book to examine the contemporary contours of America s gang problem, including Daniel J. Monti, Joan Moore, Scott Cummings, Howard Pinderhughes, Diego Vigil, Ray Hutchison, Felix Padilla, Jerome H. Skolnick, Pat Jackson, and Robert A. Destro. New material dealing with wilding gangs, migration and drug trafficking, and public educational disruption appear in this volume. Other topics covered include how gangs are organized, what social function they serve, their relation to conventional society, and the social and psychological factors that contribute to their rise. The relationship of the contemporary gang problem to past research is explored, and a rich variety of case histories and comparative analysis is presented. The book also includes a section on public policy."

Youth Gangs Racism and Schooling

  • Filename: youth-gangs-racism-and-schooling.
  • ISBN: 9781137475596
  • Release Date: 2015-09-01
  • Number of pages: 187
  • Author: Kevin D. Lam
  • Publisher: Springer

Youth Gangs, Racism, and Schooling examines the formation of Vietnamese American youth gangs in Southern California. Lam addresses the particularities of racism, violence, and schooling in an era of anti-youth legislation and frames gang members as post-colonial subjects, offering an alternative analysis toward humanization and decolonization.

Gangs in America III

  • Filename: gangs-in-america-iii.
  • ISBN: 9780761924241
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 332
  • Author: C. Ronald Huff
  • Publisher: SAGE

As communities face ever-growing gang-related problems, Gangs in America III provides the most up-to-date information on the diverse perspectives and complex issues that arise in our efforts to understand, prevent, and control gang violence and crime.

Encyclopedia of Gangs

  • Filename: encyclopedia-of-gangs.
  • ISBN: 0313334021
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 289
  • Author: Louis Kontos
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Examines gangs throughout the United States in over eighty entries covering topics such as history, the wide range of communities where gangs form, and their increasingly complex lifestyle.

Gangs and Society

  • Filename: gangs-and-society.
  • ISBN: 9780231507516
  • Release Date: 2012-08-14
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Louis Kontos
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press

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 at the functions and politics of different approaches to gang photography and features a photographic essay by Donna DeCesare, an award-winning journalist.

The Female Offender

  • Filename: the-female-offender.
  • ISBN: 9781412996693
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Meda Chesney-Lind
  • Publisher: SAGE

Scholarship in criminology over the last few decades has often left little room for research and theory on how female offenders are perceived and handled in the criminal justice system. In truth, one out of every four juveniles arrested is female and the population of women in prison has tripled in the past decade. Co-authored by Meda Chesney-Lind, one of the pioneers in the development of the feminist theoretical perspective in criminology, the subject matter of The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Third Edition redresses the balance by providing critical insight into these issues. In an engaging style, authors Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko explore gender and cultural factors in women’s lives that often precede criminal behavior and address the question of whether female offenders are more violent today than in the past. The authors provide a revealing look at how public discomfort with the idea of women as criminals significantly impacts the treatment received by this offender population.

Islands in the Street

  • Filename: islands-in-the-street.
  • ISBN: 0520911318
  • Release Date: 1991-04-08
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Martin Sanchez-Jankowski
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

"Vivid, lively, and yet theoretically informed, a triumph of patient and sustained fieldwork. . . . Jankowski presents the gang and its members not as pathological departures from social norms, but as shrewd and resourceful operators."—Michael Lipsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Islands in the Street fills a wide gap in the literature on gangs. Jankowski's innovative model of gang participation and organization is important and elegant, guaranteeing that this will be the book on gangs for the next ten years, if not longer."—Ruth Horowitz, University of Delaware

Youth Gangs and Street Children

  • Filename: youth-gangs-and-street-children.
  • ISBN: 9780857450999
  • Release Date: 2011-07-30
  • Number of pages: 180
  • Author: Paula Heinonen
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books

The rapidly expanding population of youth gangs and street children is one of the most disturbing issues in many cities around the world. These children are perceived to be in a constant state of destitution, violence and vagrancy, and therefore must be a serious threat to society, needing heavy-handed intervention and 'tough love' from concerned adults to impose societal norms on them and turn them into responsible citizens. However, such norms are far from the lived reality of these children. The situation is further complicated by gender-based violence and masculinist ideologies found in the wider Ethiopian culture, which influence the proliferation of youth gangs. By focusing on gender as the defining element of these children's lives - as they describe it in their own words - this book offers a clear analysis of how the unequal and antagonistic gender relations that are tolerated and normalized by everyday school and family structures shape their lives at home and on the street.

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