Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
  • List Price: $32.50
  • Save: $3.11 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Used Good condition book may have signs of cover wear and/or marks on corners and page edges. Inside pages may have highlighting, writing and underlining.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Gangs and Society Paperback – May 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0231121415 ISBN-10: 0231121415 Edition: 0th

Buy New
Price: $29.39
20 New from $21.86 25 Used from $3.00
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$21.86 $3.00
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Frequently Bought Together

Gangs and Society + The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation:  Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang
Price for both: $60.56

Buy the selected items together

Hero Quick Promo
Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now

Product Details

Editorial Reviews


From the Jets to the Bloods to the Latin Kings, gangs have long symbolized the roughest parts of urban America. Still, argues this collection of essays, crime and theft are just a part of what fuels their existence; gangs' roles in communities is far more complex.

(City Limits)

A refreshing anthology on gang life in the US. The editors have compiled fascinating, serious, and informative articles concerned with the theoretical and methodological contexts of gang research, women and gangs, links between gangs and politics, the problems of youth and gang life, and the social control of gangs... An excellent, very readable source. Highly recommended.


The popular image that depicts gangs as nothing more than criminal enterprises is too restrictive a picture. Gangs and Society moves beyond this tradition and instead represents an important advancement in understanding the role gangs play in some urban communities.... this work is certainly a meaningful addition to the existing gang literature.

(Sean P. Varano Contemporary Sociology)

Finally! A solidly researched book that challenges the conservative academic dogma of gang members as incorrigible superpredators.... May this book provoke a great rethinking of all that is amiss in our society today.

(Tom Hayden, professor at Occidental College and former California state senator)

The book's a remarkable job of highlighting the economic, political, social and cultural factors that impact the activities of gangs.

(Matthew T. Theriot Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare)


An outstanding set of articles that constitute a new look at an old phenomenon, the urban youth gang.

(William Kornblum, chair at the Center for Urban Research, professor of sociology at City University of New York Graduate Center)

More About the Author

David Brotherton is a Professor of Sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has co-authored and co-edited eight books on gangs, immigration and deportation and is the co-editor of the Public Criminology book series with Columbia University Press. David was born in London's East End and was a long time labor activist before entering academia. In 2011 he was named Critical Criminologist of the Year. David currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, two children and a beagle.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?