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Gang life in two cities : an insider's journey

Author: Robert J Durán
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2013.
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Refusing to cast gangs in solely criminal terms, the author, a former gang member turned scholar, recasts such groups as an adaptation to the racial oppression of colonization in the American Southwest. Developing a paradigm rooted in ethnographic research and almost two decades of direct experience with gangs, he has completed a study that follows many marginalized groups intensely and over a long period of time,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert J Durán
ISBN: 9780231158664 0231158661 9780231158671 023115867X 9780231530965 023153096X
OCLC Number: 794366395
Description: xi, 253 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Researching gangs as an insider --
The war on gangs in the post civil rights era --
Racialized oppression and the emergence of gangs --
Demonizing gangs through religious righteousness and suppressed activism --
Negotiating membership for an adaptation to colonization : the gang --
The only locotes standing : the persistence of gang ideals --
Barrio empowerment as a strategy for transcending gangs.
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Refusing to cast gangs in solely criminal terms, the author, a former gang member turned scholar, recasts such groups as an adaptation to the racial oppression of colonization in the American Southwest. Developing a paradigm rooted in ethnographic research and almost two decades of direct experience with gangs, he has completed a study that follows many marginalized groups intensely and over a long period of time, revealing their core characteristics, behavior, and activities within two unlikely American cities. He spent five years in Denver, Colorado, and Ogden, Utah, conducting 145 interviews with gang members, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other relevant individuals. From his research, he constructs a comparative outline of the emergence and criminalization of Latino youth groups, the ideals and worlds they create, and the reasons for their persistence. He also underscores the failures of violent gang suppression tactics, which have only further entrenched these groups within the barrio. Encouraging cultural activists and current and former gang members to pursue grassroots empowerment, he proposes new solutions to racial oppression that challenge and truly alter the conditions of gang life.

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Robert J. Duran's brilliantly intuitive work covers the literature in the field, and then quickly surpasses it. Having lived the 'life in two cities,' he reveals the genesis of gangs as a challenge Read more...

 
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