Panic : Social Construction of the Street Gang Problem
For undergraduate-level courses in Special Topics in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, and Juvenile Delinquency. This text challenges many of the claims made by law enforcement and the media regarding the nature and extent of the gang problem in the United States. Employing a social constructionist approach to the study of social problems, the authors detail how law enforcement has figured prominently in the creation and promotion of stereotypes-marketing the gang threat via the news media to protect and increase organizational resources and power. This text focuses on the events, organizations, and processes that surrounded the gang panic during the late 1980s and early 1990s, a period during which gangs expanded greatly on American cities.
- Paperback | 340 pages
- 172.72 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 385.55g
- 13 Aug 2001
- Pearson Education Limited
- Harlow, United Kingdom
Back cover copy
"Panic: The Social Construction of the Street Gang Problem" deals with the "discovery" of the street gang problem in the United States during the 1980s. In these pages, authors Richard McCorkle and Terance Miethe argue that gangs are a major social threatnot only because of the increased concrete threat, but because of their impact on the world around us. The result has been increased crime, a proliferation of inefficient anti-gang policies, and the squandering of millions of taxpayer dollars. "Panic: The Social Construction of the Street Gang Problem" focuses on the events, organizations, and processes that surrounded the gang panic during the late 1980s and early 1990s, a period during which gangs expanded greatly in American cities. This book provides critical insights into the discovery of the gang problem throughout the country and will encourage others to re-examine the nature of the gang threat in any jurisdiction. "
Table of contents
Introduction and Overview. I. GANGS AS MORAL PANICS. 1. Conditions, Social Problems, and Moral Panics. 2. Looking Back. 3. The Police, Crime Control, and Street Gangs. 4. Crime, Gangs, and the News Media. 5. Gangs and the Sociological Perspective. II. THE GANG PANIC IN NEVADA. 6. The Gang Panic in Las Vegas. 7. The Gang Panic in Reno. 8. Gangs in the Legislature 9. Prosecuting Gangs. III. PANIC AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. 10. A Nation in Panic? Index.