Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society

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University of California Press, 1991 - SOCIAL SCIENCE - 399 pages
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"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
  

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

Really great info on gangs and totally readable. I might have even read it in my spare time if such a thing existed or ever will again. :) Read full review

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User Review  - Dedrick - Goodreads

This was very engaging and clearly explained the culture of urban survival. While I am still disturbed by violence and crime, this book made it clear when gang related violence and crime will persist and when it can end. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A Theory of Gang Behavior and Persistence
21
The Gang and Its Environment
35
Gang Involvement
37
In the Organization
63
Gang Business Making Ends Meet
101
The Anatomy of Gang Violence
137
The Gang and the Community
178
Gangs and Governments
215
Gangs Criminal Justice and Public Order
252
The Media and Gangs Image Construction and Myth Management
284
Conclusion
311
Summary of Gangs Studied
323
Notes
325
Bibliography
363
Index
373

The Gang and the Outside World
213

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About the author (1991)

Martin Sanchez-Jankowski is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Urban Ethnography at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of "Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society "(UC Press), among other books.

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