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Street Wars: Gangs and the Future of Violence Hardcover – May 1, 2004
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When we explore gangs, motivated to create safe neighborhoods that are gang free, we come up against the same set of fundamental problems. The greater issue of no work and dysfunctional schools always emerges. Even if after great effort the police authorities clear an area of gangs, we can't keep it clear if there aren't any easy to understand alternatives for young people. Young men must be kept busy in self-esteem generating activity that leads to financial independence and good citizenship. Every society has faced the same issue. Even Alexander the Great worried that his Macedonian warriors would fight and feud amongst themselves if he didn't keep them occupied conquering foreign lands.
A lot of thinkers don't like Hayden's approach because he stresses the responsibility of society in the formation of the gang problem. Whether society accepts this blame doesn't worry me, as we all have common cause to change the conditions that create a vacuum filled by gangs.
If you want to read about Haydens personal experience then this book is good, but if your looking for answers then you came to the wrong place.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In Street Wars, Tom Hayden goes qualitatively past forgiving thugs for their thuggery; he presents them as heroes, warriors born at the wrong time. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by J. Zorn
This book is less about the problem of gang violence and more about Tom Haydens contributions to the effort. Most of the book is a self-congratulatory pat on the back. Read morePublished on August 17, 2005 by M. Farouk
I met this guy today at Cal State Long Beach at a panel discussion he gave with a few other authors. Talk about a waste of time. Read morePublished on October 14, 2004 by Liam Ferris