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Youth Gangs in American Society 4th Edition

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INTRODUCTION A BRIEF HISTORY OF GANGS 1. What Is a Gang and How Many Are There? 2. What Do Gangs and Gang Members Look Like? 3. The Gang Subculture. 4. Criminal Activities of Gangs. 5. Girls and Gangs. 6. Adult Gangs. 7. Why Are There Gangs? 8. Gangs in Context: Inequality in American Society. 9. Legal Responses to Gangs. 10. Community and National Responses to Gangs. 11. Conclusions.

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Randall G. Shelden is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas UNLV), where he has been a faculty member since 1977. He received the UNLV Alumni award for Outstanding Teacher in 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1992 and 1993. He is the author or co-author of 16 books, including GIRLS, DELINQUENCY, AND JUVENILE JUSTICE (3rd Edition), with Meda Chesney-Lind (which received the Hindelang Award for outstanding contribution to Criminology in 1992); CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY (with William Brown, Karen Miller, and Randall Fritzler, Waveland Press); CONTROLLING THE DANGEROUS CLASSES: THE HISTORY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (2nd Edition, Allyn and Bacon); DELINQUENCY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY (Waveland Press); OUR PUNITIVE SOCIETY (Waveland Press); plus three previous editions of YOUTH GANGS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. His website is:

Sharon Tracy is a full professor and Director of the Crime and Delinquency Project at Georgia Southern University where she has taught for over twenty years. She received her degree in Public Administration (Criminal Justice Administration) from the University of Southern California. A member of the Georgia Gang Investigators Association, she serves as a consultant to numerous law enforcement agencies and has written a number of articles on gangs, particularly those in suburban and rural communities.

William B. Brown is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Western Oregon University. He has conducted more than ten years of ethnographic research in the area of youth gangs, which focused on the culture of inner-city youth in the Midwest. He has co-authored several books including CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA: A CRITICAL VIEW (with Randall G. Shelden, Allyn and Bacon); INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (with Randall G. Shelden, Karen Miller, and Randall Fritzler, Waveland Press); and the three previous editions of YOUTH GANGS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. He is completing the manuscript for a book titled Veteran Betrayals and Public Apathy: From Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, which addresses the cultural aspect of the Military Total Institution.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 4 edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133049567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133049562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Atkinson on October 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
I found this to be one of the most informative books about understanding the gang concept in America. Howerver, it also helped me to debunk the same myths about gang and agang structure as well. This book made me look at gangs as an alternative economic choice for those involved in the gangs and the difficult choices that many of them face that those on the outside of the gang life will never have to make.
I would rate this book on a list of must reads for anyone interested in a study of criminal justice.
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By isabella on September 23, 2014
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Really informative and digestible overview of gang formation, culture and intervention. An amazing read for anyone interested in working in or around the field. While the definitions of gangs and gang culture are not static, this book provides an excellent foundation on which to build upon through field work and personal research. More importantly, this book challenges the reader to expand his understanding of what a gang is and how they function in not only obvious urban settings but rural and suburban too. It also calls for serious investigation into the historical development of gangs and external factors and stressors that contribute to the spread of gang membership and violence. While it is written in an informational style, it isn't too elevated or alternatively, jargon-filled to be a relatively easy read. Finally, the authors do a great job of presenting the serious subject matter and the facts in an engaging manner that isn't taxing on the reader.
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By A Customer on October 10, 2002
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This book is by far one of the most innovative and insightful books that I have read in some time. They also challenge the more common images that gangs represent as well. I found myself questioning the basic reasons for there are gangs in America, and found myself finding a whole new perspectie as these people view their dscieion to be in a gang as an economic choice of survival, not that of one they get into because they have a choice.
I recommend this book STRONGLY for all students of Criminal Justice.
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