Gangs

Gangs

Paperback - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
1

A Booklist Editors' Choice and a Society of School Librarians International (SSLI) Honor Book

Street gangs have exploded worldwide. Tattoos, baggy pants, tagging, gangsta style, the unspoken threat -- it's all just around the corner in most of the world's major cities. From the streets of Los Angeles to the shantytowns of Cape Town, hundreds of thousands of "at risk" youth are deciding whether they should join their local gang.

Violence, guns, the drug trade, racism, poverty, families under pressure and ever-widening slums all provide a witch's brew in which the youth gang tempts young males and females with a sense of identity and belonging that their world has denied them.

Gangs exposes the roots of the problem as it moves from the banlieues of France to the favelas of Brazil. It offers a startling analysis of the complicity of the official adult world and some controversial ideas for reforms that might just undermine the appeal of gang life.

For many of the world's young -- especially those who are poor -- joining a gang is a real career choice. It is a choice that can be as deadly for young gangsters as for their victims. Richard Swift shows us that we fail to understand gangs at our peril.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books : House of Anansi Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780888999788
Characteristics: 144 pages ;,18 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

x
xod_s
Jun 12, 2013

It has a very different approach in understanding what gangs are.Not so much as fear inducing crime groups but it emphasised seeing them more as a result of young people being frustrated and resisting againest a society's conformity for various reasons.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...
SLS owns a similar edition of this title.

View originally-listed edition

Report edition-matching error

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top