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|ISBN:||9780888999795 0888999798 9780888999788 088899978X|
|Description:||144 pages ; 19 cm.|
|Contents:||Gangs are everywhere --
Gangs and poverty --
The underground economy --
Gangs and their communities --
Gang appeal --
The politics of gangs --
The assault on youth --
A future with gangs --
Gang vocabulary --
|Series Title:||Groundwork guides.|
For many of the world's young, especially those who are poor as well as young, joining a gang is a real career choce. It is a choice that can be as deadly for the young gangsters as for their victims. In this book, journalist Richard Swift cuts through the fear and self-righteousness that charaterize most approaches to gangs. Laying bare the roots and culture of youth gangs in the world's burgeoning cities, he shows that for many members, gang affiliation is a kind of 'perverse resistance' to an unequal and unfair world. Zeroing in on the particular forms gangs take in different countries and cities, he discusses their reliance on violence, their role in the underground economy, and their relationship with their communities and the police. He also shows that we fail to understand gangs at our peril. -- from Back Cover.