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The Modern Gang Reader [Paperback]

Arlen Egley , Cheryl L. Maxson , Jody Miller , Malcolm W. Klein
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August 4, 2005 0195330668 978-0195330663 3
Building on the foundation of previous editions, this anthology provides an updated, highly accessible introduction to the most salient contemporary issues in the study of gangs. This book emphasizes defining and understanding gangs, their prevalence, structures, and behaviors, and society's responses to them. With entries drawn primarily from professional books and journals written by today's leading gang scholars, The Modern Gang Reader assembles some of the most influential and insightful contemporary research available.

Topics explored in the new edition include: defining gangs; joining and leaving gangs; the variability of gang structure and behavior; gang proliferation and migration; the extent of the current gang problem; race and gender issues; the relationship between gangs, violence, and drugs; and various programmatic and policy responses to gangs, including prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts.

Thought-provoking introductions to each article guide the student by identifying and explaining central issues, key concepts, and relationships among topics. This provides internal cohesiveness and structure to the selections.

Consensus is not a hallmark of gang literature, and The Modern Gang Reader exposes students to the array of dissenting points of view that represent the numerous ongoing controversies over the nature of gangs.

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"I think the book's approach is fantastic. It captivates the audience and lends credibility to both theoretical and statistical claims. The fact that each article is based on narrative data is unique. The use of ethnography also provides substance to the topics at hand, so that readers will be able to better identify with the topic in ways that will lead to comprehension and retention."--Jessie L. Krienert, Illinois State University

About the Author

Arlen Egley is at National Youth Gang Center. Cheryl L. Maxson is at the University of California--Irvine. Jody Miller is at the University of Missouri--St. Louis.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (August 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195330668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195330663
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great price in great condition! February 4, 2013
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I was not disappointed with the book. Usually when ppl say little markings to none they always have a bunch of highlighting but this one was almost brand new looking!
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