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A world of gangs : armed young men and gangsta culture

Author: John Hagedorn
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2008.
Series: Globalization and community, v. 14.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the more than a billion people who now live in urban slums, gangs are ubiquitous features of daily life. Though still most closely associated with American cities, gangs are an entrenched, worldwide phenomenon that play a significant role in a wide range of activities, from drug dealing to extortion to religious and political violence. In A World of Gangs, John Hagedorn explores this international proliferation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Hagedorn
ISBN: 9780816650668 0816650667 9780816650675 0816650675
OCLC Number: 191023943
Description: xxxii, 198 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Reading John Hagedorn / Mike Davis --
Introduction. Why are gangs everywhere? --
Ghetto, favela, and township : the worlds gangs live in --
Street institutions : why some gangs won't go away --
The problem with definitions : the questionable uniqueness of gangs --
From Chicago to Mumbai : touring the world of gangs --
No way out : demoralization, racism, and resistance identity --
A tale of two gangs : the Hamburgs and the Conservative Vice Lords --
Reconsidering culture : race, rap, and resistance --
Street wars : hip-hop and the rise of gangsta culture --
Contested cities : gentrification and the ghetto --
Conclusion. A rose in the cracks of concrete.
Series Title: Globalization and community, v. 14.
Responsibility: John M. Hagedorn ; foreword by Mike Davis.
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For the more than a billion people who now live in urban slums, gangs are ubiquitous features of daily life. Though still most closely associated with American cities, gangs are an entrenched, worldwide phenomenon that play a significant role in a wide range of activities, from drug dealing to extortion to religious and political violence. In A World of Gangs, John Hagedorn explores this international proliferation of the urban gang as a consequence of the ravages of globalization. Looking closely at gang formation in three world cities--Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, and Capetown--he discovers that some gangs have institutionalized as a strategy to confront a hopeless cycle of poverty, racism, and oppression. In particular, Hagedorn reveals, the nihilistic appeal of gangsta rap and its street ethic of survival "by any means necessary" provides vital insights into the ideology and persistence of gangs around the world. This groundbreaking work concludes on a hopeful note. Proposing ways in which gangs might be encouraged to overcome their violent tendencies, Hagedorn appeals to community leaders to use the urgency, outrage, and resistance common to both gang life and hip-hop in order to bring gangs into broader movements for social justice.--From the publisher.

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