Life in the Gang: Family, Friends, and Violence

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1996 - Social Science - 303 pages
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This study is based on three years of field work with 99 active gang members and 24 family members. The book describes the attractiveness of gangs, the process of joining, their chaotic and loose organisation, and their members' predominant activities - mostly hanging out, drinking, and using drugs. The authors also discuss gang members' rather slapdash involvement in major property crime and their disorganised participation in drug traffic, as well as the often fatal consequences of their violent life-style. Although the book focuses on the individual, organisational, and institutional aspects of gang membership, it also explores gang members' involvement with other school and neighborhood structures. Extensive interviews with family members provide groundbreaking insights into the gang members' lives. As much as possible, however, the story is told in the gang members' own words.
  

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Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter
27
Chapter Three
56
Chapter Four
85
Chapter Five
117
Chapter
144
Chapter Seven
187
Chapter Eight
230
Chapter Nine
261
Notes
281
References
287
Index of Gang Members Relatives and ExMembers
293
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Scott Decker is regarded as one the most nationally recognized expert on juvenile issues in the discipline. His work is seminal in the area of gangs and police response; his research in the area forms the backbone of what is known about juvenile crime. His primary focus at this time is his research with the National Institute of Justice. Recent publications include CONFRONTING GANGS: CRIME AND COMMUNITY, (Roxbury).

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