Understanding Contemporary Gangs in America

Understanding Contemporary Gangs in America : An Interdisciplinary Approach

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For undergraduate/graduate courses in Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, Deviance, and Special Topics in Criminal Justice/Criminology. This unique text-reader provides students with a comprehensive and contemporary perspective on gangs in America. Its current articles, written by national experts in the field, contain a variety of diverse viewpoints and contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of gangs and their broad societal implications.show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 184.4 x 237.7 x 18.8mm | 589.68g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0130394742
  • 9780130394743

About Rebecca D. Petersen

Dr. Rebecca D. Petersen, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas-San Antonio, received her Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Professor Petersen recently completed a major Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded study on intimate violence among Mexican American adolescent females in which she was the Co-Principal Investigator. Her recent publications include academic journal articles and book chapters on juvenile justice policy, females and crime, gangs, juvenile corrections, intermediate sanctions and drug courts. Her recent honors include two consecutive years of being included in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.show more

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"Petersen has done a great job including articles that are academically challenging, yet not too difficult. The articles selected are ones of academic rigor [yet] the review questions at the end of each chapter are helpful to ensure a basic understanding of the material." - Kimberly Tobin, Westfield State College "The material included in the reader is current and written by some of the top researchers on gangs. This reader is unique because it covers victimization of gang members, not a topic covered in most books on gangs, and really is an important component." - Patricia O'Donnell Brummett, California State University-Northridge "This is a good reader. It covers [various] important issues and topics associated with the phenomenon of contemporary gangs. The articles included are well chosen and up-to-date." - Stephen Brodt, Ball State Universityshow more

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"Understanding Contemporary Gangs 1n America: An Interdisciplinary Approach, " edited by Rebecca D. Petersen, offers a unique perspective on current gang issues with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, understandable and contemporary format accessible for undergraduate students, academicians, practitioners, and policymakers. line of the most important components of this anthology is the inclusion of a variety of contemporary works on gangs. A diversity of current gang topics and issues are covered including: understanding and defining gangs; gender issues; race and ethnicity; gangs in prisons and schools; violence and drugs; gang victimization; and prevention and intervention programs and policies.show more

Table of contents

I. UNDERSTANDING AND DEFINING GANGS. 1. Introduction, Randall G. Shelden, Sharon K. Tracy and William B. Brown. 2. Definitions of a gang and impacts on public policy, Rebecca D. Petersen. II. GENDER ISSUES IN GANGS. 3. What happens to girls in the gang? Joan W. Moore and John M. Hagedorn. 4. "I'm calling my mom:" The meaning of family and kinship among homegirls, Geoffrey Hunt, Kathleen MacKenzie and Karen Joe-Laidler. 5. Differences between gang girls and gang boys: Results from a multisite survey, Finn-Aage Esbensen, Elizabeth Piper Deschenes and L. Thomas Winfree. II. RACE AND ETHNICITY IN GANGS. 6. Voices from the barrio: Chicano/a gangs, families and communities, Marjorie S. Zatz and Edward L. Portillos. 7. The origins of Navajo youth gangs, Eric Henderson, Stephen J. Kunitz and Jerrold E. Levy. 8. Oakland Chinatown's first youth gang: The Suey Sing Boys, Gregory Yee Mark. IV. GANGS IN PRISONS AND SCHOOLS. 9. An overview of the challenge of prison gangs, Mark S. Fleisher and Scott H. Decker. 10. Gang subcultures and prison gangs of female youth, Rebecca D. Petersen. 11. School violence: Gangs and a culture of fear, Douglas E. Thompkins. V. VIOLENCE, DRUGS AND GANGS. 12. Youth gang homicides: A literature review, James C. Howell. 13. Gangs, drugs and neighborhood change, Jeffrey Fagan. 14. Legitimating drug use: A note on the impact of gang membership and drug sales on the use of illicit drugs, Scott H. Decker. VI. GANG VICTIMIZATION. 15. Youth maltreatment and gang involvement, Kevin M. Thompson and Rhonda Braaten-Antrim. 16. Gender and victimization risk among young women in gangs, Jody Miller. VII. GANG PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION. 17. Promising programs for young gang violence prevention and intervention, James C. Howell. 18. Gang prevention and intervention strategies of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Carl E. Pope and Rick Lovell. Index.show more

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