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Operation Fly Trap: L. A. Gangs, Drugs, and the Law by [Phillips, Susan A.]
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Editorial Reviews


“An informative and scholarly addition to the growing body of literature regarding the criminal pursuit of gang involvement and violent offenders in Los Angeles. . . . Phillips invites readers to challenge Operation Fly Trap. How can the operation be celebrated as an unqualified success in the wake of all the human wreckage?” 
(R. M. Seklecki, Minot State University Choice)

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Operation Fly Trap. The dramatis personae are treated as human beings, and the reader gets a chance to look at them in the flesh: loving, betrayed, strung out, anxious, and more. The book marries the real conditions of poverty, racism, and war with the day-to-day lives of victims and offenders. This is first-class ethnography.”
(John Hagedorn, University of Illinois at Chicago 2011-10-17)

“In this fascinating and powerfully compelling book, ethnographer Susan A. Phillips goes behind the lines in the war on drugs to explore its everyday effects. Through remarkably frank, honest, and self-reflective testimonies, both police officers and their targets reveal the enormous disorder created by policies designed to promote order. Operation Fly Trap humanizes and personalizes the social disintegration unwittingly promoted by drug criminalization and mass incarceration, revealing in vivid and memorable detail how aggressive policing and punitive sentencing unwittingly produce the very problems they purport to prevent.”
(George Lipsitz, author of How Racism Takes Place 2012-01-26)

“Susan A. Phillips’ book should be required reading for every proponent of the wars on drugs and gangs who may be entertaining second thoughts at what they have wrought. She illuminates evidence that the wars may be self-justifying and self-perpetuating. The blunt questions are whether turning under-valued human beings into ‘high-value targets’ for police and prosecutors only creates a vacuum to be filled by vengeance, and whether demonizing only assures the further rise of demons.”
(Tom Hayden, author of The Long Sixties)

About the Author

Susan A. Phillips is assistant professor of environmental analysis at Pitzer College. She is the author of Wallbangin’: Graffiti and Gangs in L.A., also published by the University of Chicago Press. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (June 29, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EYUFX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My first read of Dr. Phillips' "Operation Fly Trap" has left me pondering the guiding rationale and unintended outcomes of law enforcement policies aimed at deterring crime. The book explores what happens to community cohesion when law enforcement agents penetrate and distort the delicate interdependency among law violators. Phillips does a superb job of "zooming in" on the lives of key players whose apprehension and arrest lead not to the eradication of crime but rather to the erosion of social capital. Phillips skillfully weaves the unique, sometimes misunderstood, often adversarial perspectives from both the law violator and the law enforcer. The compelling personal narratives of criminal and cop make "Operation Fly Trap" a fascinating study for generating and informing conversations about policy, procedures, formal sanctions, and informal social control networks.
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When reading this book you can feel everything that is being read. When you are reading the book at first you don’t feel it but you are in suspense throughout the rest of the book. As you are reading the book you can imagine everything that is happening, if you are familiar with the area. Drugs, gangs, violence, and blood have always been a big part of the crimes in Los Angeles area, and still continue to be a problem. Susan A. Phillips does an outstanding job taking us through the streets of LA and confirming things that we have always heard, that are terrifying sometimes. I can say that if you want to know more and read more of plans and operations that have been done by our police, even if some are corrupted or not, this is a book you must read. I can go on and on but will probably spoil the book for you. I can tell you that if you are going into the criminal justice field, this is a book you must read, especially if you know the area and know and hear about corrupted police that take justice into their own hands. It also tells us about families that have been destroyed due to problems and crimes happening in or around our community. It also tells us how the FBI got involved and helped in the crime rate being less than before.
“ OG ” ( Original Gangster, a term which refers to an older, respected member of a gang.)” – Operation Fly Trap. Susan A. Phillips. The University of Chicago 2012. Pg54.
This quote stands out to me because even though we see gangsters as bad people we still have respect for them. They have been through many more things that gangsters these days have gone through. I personally respect all kinds of gangsters. They fight for territory and for respect. I wouldn’t want to be part of any kind of fight with any gangster.
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This book is everything good!
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