Drawing on extensive interviews with gang members, this book provides a vivid portrayal of gang life. Topics include the profiles and motivations of gang members; the processes of gang evolution, organization, and recruitment; gang members' uses of violence, media, and technology and the role of gangs in the drugs trade and organized crime
James A. Densley is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, USA, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate Member of the Extra-Legal Governance Institute at the University of Oxford, UK. He received the National Gang Crime Research Center Frederick Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Accomplishments in Gang Research in 2013.
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction 1. Gangs and Society 2. Gang Evolution 3. Gang Organization 4. Gangs, Media, and Technology 5. Gang Recruitment 6. Gang Desistance 7. Gang Prevention and Intervention Conclusion Appendix 1: Sample Demographics Appendix 2: Glossary of Terms Bibliography Notes