Rainbow of Gangs : Street Cultures in the Mega-City

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2002-07-01
Publisher(s): Univ of Texas Pr
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With nearly 8,000 gangs and 200,000 gang members, Los Angeles holds the dubious distinction of being the youth gang capital of the United States. The process of street socialisation that leads to gang membership now cuts across all ethnic groups, as evidenced by the growing numbers of gangs among recent immigrants from Asia and Latin America.This cross-cultural study of Los Angeles gangs identifies the social and economic factors that lead to gang membership and underscores their commonality across four ethnic groups-Chicano, African American, Vietnamese, and Salvadorian. James Diego Vigil begins at the community level, examining how destabilising forces and marginalising changes have disrupted the normal structures of parenting, schooling, and policing, thereby compelling many youths to grow up on the streets. He then turns to gang members' life stories to show how societal forces play out in individual lives. His findings provide a wealth of comparative data for scholars, policymakers, and law enforcement personnel seeking to respond to the complex problems associated with gangs.James Diego Vigil is Professor of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Joan Moore
Looking at Gangs Cross-Culturally Mexican Americans in the Barrios of Los Angeles
"I Just Wanted to Act Loco"
Puppet's Story Blacks in Los Angeles
From Central Avenue to South Central Los Angeles
"I Noticed the Problem but Never Had the Cure"
Mookie's Story Vietnamese in Southern California
"You Couldn't Hang by Yourself"
Huc's Story Salvadorans in Los Angeles
The Pico-Union Area
"Where Is My Father?"
Arturo's Story Charting a New Future for Urban Youth Notes
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