Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$12.82
Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.00
  • Save: $2.18 (15%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Want it Monday, April 28? Order within and choose Two-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Trade in your item
Get a $3.78
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. Paperback


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from Collectible from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.82
$11.97 $11.23

Frequently Bought Together

Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. + Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law)
Price for both: $26.36

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

100 M&T
100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime
Looking for something good to read? Browse our picks for 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime, brought to you by the Amazon Book Editors.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453832696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453832691
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Dr. Victor Rios lives in Southern California with his wife and 3 kids. He is a professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches classes on Juvenile Justice, Youth Culture, and a 550 student class: Introduction to Sociology. He is also author of Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
2
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 7 customer reviews
It made the book really hard to put down.
RC1996
Education has been the road to success for many of my students--this is a story that needed to be told!
Cheri
If you havent gotten this book yet, you should certainly do so!
amf

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on June 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
A Mexican-American man discusses how he went from an unwanted fetus in Mexico to a family man and professor in the UC system. This is meant to inspire at-risk youth and let them know they can turn another page. It is small in page numbers and, as an adult, I'm not its targeted audience.

One reason why many, including myself, loved them some "Autobiography of Malcolm X." This is partially due to his metamorphosis. He goes from hoodlum to rule-following revolutionary. This has the same quality. Dr. Rios' beginnings were VERY tragic. His mother didn't want him. He only met his father once. He was brought to the US illegally. (He never says if or how he became legal. Perhaps he partook of the amnesty in 1986.) He was pulled into a gang. This has all the elements that one sees in hood/new jack films as well, including imprisonment, police harassment, premature death, etc. However, there is no mention of teen pregnancy here.

Supposedly, we are now in a "post-racial" age. I don't know if Dr. Rios subscribes to that, but there is a way in which this book doesn't bring up race or racism a lot. Near the end, he embraces pre-Columbian Mexican dance, history, and culture. I love that he gave his twin daughters Nahuatl middle names. Still, he says authority figures called him "no good," not "no good due to your ethnicity." I really think an at-risk youth of the majority group would feel quite comfortable reading this text too. There isn't much Spanish here, thus monolinguals won't be scared away. (This is not like a Gloria Anzaldua book that purposely uses code-switching language.)

A well-known LatinO academic named Dr.
Read more ›
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RC1996 on December 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this book Victor Rios explains all his horrible times he had growing up. He experienced many challenges many of us can't imagine. From growing up poor to vandalizing liquor stores, Victory Rios is truly one of those people to read about. With his beliefs and hope to one day have a life he'll never imagine growing up. Victor accomplishes the impossible.
With the support from Ms. Russ and his family, Victor turns a .9 GPA to a 1.9 GPA. But that didn't stop him to applying to college. Later on he got accepted to UC Berkeley. Seven years later he graduates with a P.H.D in Sociology. Now with his wife Rebecca and his 3 children, Dr. Rios is living his dream.
This is by far, one of the best books I've ever read. The way Dr. Rios shares his life is truly incredible. With all the descriptive details, it made this book fun and easy to read. Every single paragraph I read was so understandable that I could picture everything in my head. It made the book really hard to put down. By an hour, I had the book finished and it was worth the time.
It all begins with him mom trying to cross the border to get to the U.S.A. to start a good life for her kids. She gets caught the first 2 times built eventually passes it the third time. Just the struggle she goes to save her kids is inspirational . Who would ever thought that a mom who got raped would have a son like this. After 10 years he feels unappreciated, without friends and protection so he heads to the gang life. He get his new nickname," El Puppet" , a gang, and quickly earns respect and a reputation. It's amazing what he goes through to earn a living. He experiences death, prison, drugs, and much more. What really gets me was that he came out clean as if nothing ever happened.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all. All you need is an hour or two and you too could experience what this book has to offer.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By batchr on January 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was awesome. I shared it with some of my middle school students and they loved it. Many of the students don't like to read but they finished the book in record time and were engaged and inspired with it's content.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By amf on March 16, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you havent gotten this book yet, you should certainly do so! I give it to some of my 9th graders and think it is a wonderful true story!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Search
ARRAY(0xa5e86eac)

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?