Encyclopedia of Gangs, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 031334891X
  • ISBN-13: 9780313348914
  • DDC: 364.1
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 289 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released September 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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In light of Los Angeles' gang state of emergency, ethnic and minority gangs are arguably more high profile now than at any other time in our history. News media typically focus on the crime and violence associated with gangs, but not much else. This encyclopedia seeks to illuminate the world of gangs, including: gang formations, routine gang activities, aberrations, and current developments. One hundred essay entries related to gangs in the United States and worldwide provide a diffuse overview of the gang phenomenon. Each entry defines and explains the term, provides an historical overview, and explains its significance today. As the following entries demonstrate, gangs are part of the fabric of American society. They are not only in our communities but also our schools and other social institutions. Understanding the world of gangs is therefore needed to understand American society.

Entries include: Bikers, Bloods, Cholas, Crips, gang mythology, gang warfare, graffiti, Hell's Angels, Hong Kong Triads, Latin Kings, law enforcement, occultic gangs, mafia, media, prison gangs, rites, Skinheads, Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act, tattoos, trafficking, Wanna-bes, West Side Story, Witness Protection programs, and youth gangs.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Entries.
Guide to Related Topics.
1: The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN).
2: The Asociación Ñeta.
3: Australian Youth Gangs.
4: The Black Hand.
5: Bloods.
6: Brazilian Gangs.
7: Chavos Banda in New York City.
8: Chicano Gangs.
9: Chinese Organized Crime and Gangs.
10: The Criminal Career Paradigm.
11: Criminal Organizations.
12: Criminal Subcultures and Gangs.
13: Crips.
14: Differential Association Theory.
15: Football Hooligans.
16: French Gangs.
17: Gang and Non-Gang Graffiti.
18: Gang Clothing.
19: Gang Females.
20: Gang Graffiti: East Coast vs. West Coast.
21: Gang Identity as Performance.
22: Gang Photography.
23: Gang Prevention and Intervention Programs.
24: Gang Symbols.
25: Gang Workers.
26: Gangs and Drugs.
27: Gangs and Post-Industrialism.
28: Gangs and the Media.
29: Gangs and the Underground Economy.
30: Gangs as Social and Economic Organizations.
31: Gangs in Prison.
32: Gangs in U.S. Schools.
33: Gangster Disciples.
34: Gangster Wannabes.
35: German Gangs.
36: Godfathers.
37: GRASP (Gang Reduction and Aggressive Supervision Parole).
38: Hate Groups.
39: Hell's Angels in Canada.
40: Japanese Organized Crime and Gangs.
41: Jewish Gangs and Gangsters.
42: King Blood.
43: Kingism.
44: Korean Organized Crime and Gangs.
45: Labeling Theory.
46: Latin Gangs in Barcelona.
47: Latin King Bible.
48: The Latin Queens.
49: Little Brother Syndrome.
50: Machismo.
51: Mexican Gangs.
52: Moral Panics.
53: Non-Racist Skinheads.
54: Operation Ceasefire.
55: Organized Crime.
56: Outlaw Bikers.
57: Pathe (Positive Action Through Holistic Education).
58: Police Repression Tactics Against U.S. Street Gangs.
59: Qualitative Analysis and Gangs.
60: Racist Skinheads in the U.S.
61: Rap Music.
62: Research Methods.
63: Restorative Justice and Gang Crime.
64: Russian Gangs.
65: Skinheads.
66: Social Construction of Gangs.
67: Social Disorganization.
68: South African Gangs.
69: Spanish Gangs.
70: Street Organizations.
71: Subcultural Theories of Gangs.
72: Subculture of Gangs.
73: Suburban Gangs.
74: Terrorism and Gangs.
75: Thrasher, Frederic.
76: Transnational Gangs.
77: Trenchcoat Mafia.
78: Vice Lords INC.
79: Vietnamese Organized Crime and Gangs.
80: Vigilante Gangs.
81: Williams, Stanley Tookie.
82: Yablonsky and the Violent Gang.
About the Editors.