Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society

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University of California Press, Apr 8, 1991 - Social Science - 400 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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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)

Martín Sánchez Jankowski is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Chicano/Latino Policy Project Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley.

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