By John M. Hagedorn

ISBN-10: 0816656649

ISBN-13: 9780816656646

“Street gangs replicate the inhuman objectives and greed of society’s trendsetters and deities while they struggle to the demise over scraps from the desk of the overseas drug exchange. yet John Hagedorn, typically, additionally unearths wish within the contradictory values of outlaw youth—selflessness, cohesion, and love amid cupidity and directionless rage—and he keeps the wish tradition of resistance will eventually succeed over the forces of self-destruction. no matter if one stocks his optimism or no longer, he makes a compelling case that the way forward for the realm could be decided at the streets of our cities.” —Mike Davis, from the Foreword

“A international of Gangs is an illuminating trip round the cultures, lives, tragedies, and goals of thousands of rebellious early life round the planet. it really is an imperative paintings to appreciate the realm we are living in and crucial analyzing for college students of towns and communities.” —Manuel Castells

For the greater than one billion those that now stay in city slums, gangs are ubiquitous beneficial properties of lifestyle. even though nonetheless so much heavily linked to American towns, gangs are an entrenched, around the globe phenomenon that play an important function in quite a lot of actions, from drug dealing to extortion to spiritual and political violence. In a global of Gangs, John Hagedorn explores this foreign proliferation of the city gang due to the ravages of globalization.

Looking heavily at gang formation in 3 global cities-Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, and Capetown-he discovers that a few gangs have institutionalized as a method to confront a hopeless cycle of poverty, racism, and oppression. specifically, Hagedorn unearths, the nihilistic allure of gangsta rap and its road ethic of survival “by any ability necessary” presents very important insights into the ideology and endurance of gangs world wide. This groundbreaking paintings concludes on a hopeful notice. providing ways that gangs will be inspired to beat their violent developments, Hagedorn appeals to neighborhood leaders to take advantage of the urgency, outrage, and resistance universal to either gang lifestyles and hip-hop in an effort to deliver gangs into broader events for social justice.

John M. Hagedorn is affiliate professor of legal justice on the collage of Illinois, Chicago. he's editor of Gangs within the international urban and writer of the hugely influential humans and people: Gangs, Crime, and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City.

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Then there are the terrorists. S. ” Goldstone is aware that it is fourth world conditions that produce angry young men and their rebellious identities and organizations. The specific content of those historical conditions determine what kind of armed group is likely to form. 5 For Klein and Covey, gangs can be defined and categorized as various kinds of “crime problems” or delinquent peer groups that have distinct and unique characteristics. But the gangs in Kano may cause some readers to doubt conventional criminological wisdom.

But in this era of globalization such institutionalized gangs may become more a norm than an anomaly. While others, such as Mike Davis, have called attention to the disturbing consequences of a “planet of slums,”1 less understood is the related emergence, in these slums, of groups of armed young men. In many ways the next few chapters can be read as a companion to Davis’s article and subsequent book Planet of Slums, emphasizing the ubiquitous reaction and resistance of alienated, angry, and well-armed young men.

Of dynamic leaders” or sustained only by profits from drug sales. 34 This belief persists despite organizational performance,35 since it is essentially cultural, not rational, and handed down as tradition through generations. 36 Q. If you cut off the head of the gang, will the body die? A. There’s more than one head in everything. There ain’t no drug spot that I know of that’s only one person and that’s the main person. You need more than one person. Just because of a situation like that. What if he gets caught, goes to jail, you can’t do that.

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