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Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Day
Always Running La Vida Loca Gang Day
by Luis J Rodriguez
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By age twelve, Luis Rodriguez was a veteran of East L.A. gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests, then watched with increasing fear as drugs, murder, suicide, and senseless acts... (read more)

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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
by Sanyika Shakur
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Written in solitary confinement, the author's memoir of 16 years as a gangbanger in Los Angeles makes palpable the despair and decay of America's inner cities and gives eloquent voice to one aspect of the black ghetto experience.... (read more)

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The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream
The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream
by Randol Contreras
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“The Stickup Kids is an extraordinary work of brilliance—complex critical theory woven fluidly through a gripping narrative of intimate personal experience. Contreras is a genuine, organic intellectual a la Gramsci. His is a brand new voice... (read more)

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Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
by Luis J. Rodriguez
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It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing
It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing
by Luis Rodriguez
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Hundreds of thousands of readers came to know Luis J. Rodríguez through his fearless classic, Always Running, which chronicled his early life as a young Chicano gang member surviving the dangerous streets of East Los Angeles. The long awaited follow-... (read more)

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Street Wars (04 Edition)
Street Wars (04 Edition)
by Hayden
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A gripping and honest account of the culture of gangs, Street Wars is essential reading for anyone concerned about cities, violence, and the future of urban youth. Though never officially acknowledged, over 25,000 young people have died in America's gang... (read more)

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Gang Intelligence Manual: Identifying and Understanding Modern-Day Violent Gangs in the United States
Gang Intelligence Manual: Identifying and Understanding Modern-Day Violent Gangs in the United States
by Bill Valentine
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Marauding gangs have become a fact of life in the U.S., but where did these violent groups come from, and why are they so appealing to so many youths today? This comprehensive guide provides answers to these questions and more. It will open your eyes to... (read more)

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Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
Hearts and Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times
by Luis Rodriguez
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Hearts and Hands deals with many of the difficult issues addressed in Luis Rodríguezs memoir of gang life, Always Running, but with a focus on healing through community building. Empowered by his experiences as a peacemaker with gangs in Los... (read more)

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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
by Sudhir Venkatesh
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Sudhir Venkatesh's work was featured prominently in Freakonomics; here his research is fleshed out and humanized, telling his remarkable and unusual story. For seven years, Venkatesh was granted unprecedented access to one of Chicago's most notorious... (read more)

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8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangsters
8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangsters
by Gini Sikes
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Dismissed by the police as mere adjuncts to or gofers for male gangs, girl gang-bangers in fact are often as emotionally closed off and dangerous as their male counterparts. Carrying razor blades in their mouths and guns in their jackets, they initiate... (read more)

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Gangs: A Handbook for Community Awareness
Gangs: A Handbook for Community Awareness
by Rick Landre
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Here are the basics of the American street gang scene, written by a counselor, a police officer, and a teacher. It's the only book of its kind to offer solutions.... (read more)

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Prisoners
Prisoners
by Jerome Gold
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Prisoners is a collection of short narratives told in different voices, about what holds us captive: war, violence, trauma, history, belief, the fear of death. The narratives are thematically linked. The dominant themes of this compact but insightful... (read more)

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Islands in the Street
Islands in the Street
by Martin Sa Jankowski
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"Vivid, lively, and yet theoretically informed, a triumph of patient and sustained fieldwork. . . . Jankowski presents the gang and its members not as pathological departures from social norms, but as shrewd and resourceful operators."—Michael... (read more)

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Real Gangstas: Legitimacy, Reputation, and Violence in the Intergang Environment (Critical Issues in Crime and Society)
Real Gangstas: Legitimacy, Reputation, and Violence in the Intergang Environment (Critical Issues in Crime and Society)
by Timothy R Lauger
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Street gangs are a major concern for residents in many inner-city communities. However, gangs’ secretive and, at times, delinquent tendencies limit most people’s exposure to the realities of gang life. Based on eighteen months of qualitative... (read more)

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Wallbangin' : Graffiti and Gangs in L.a. (99 Edition)
Wallbangin' : Graffiti and Gangs in L.a. (99 Edition)
by Susan A. Phillip
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Graffiti is as ubiquitous as telephone poles in America's cities; it is as old as the earliest civilizations. The most public medium in the country today, graffiti can signal territory, love, or liberation. Ironically, graffiti is understood by only a... (read more)

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Jumped in: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
Jumped in: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
by Jorja Leap
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When Jorja Leap began studying Los Angeles gang violence in 2002, she encountered a myriad of proposed solutions to the seemingly intractable “gang problem” and set out to discover what was really going on. The stakes—then and now—... (read more)

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Always Running: La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A.
Always Running: La Vida Loca Gang Days in L.A.
by Luis Rodriguez
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This award-winning and bestselling classic memoir about a young Chicano gang member is now updated with a new Introduction and reading group guide.... (read more)

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8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangs
8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangs
by Gini Sikes
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Dismissed by the police as mere adjuncts to or gofers for male gangs, girl gang-bangers are in fact often as emotionally closed off and dangerous as their male counterparts. In "8 Ball Chicks", veteran journalist Gini Sikes spends a year in the ghettos... (read more)

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The Gang: A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago
The Gang: A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago
by Frederic Milton Thrasher
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While gangs and gang culture have been around for countless centuries, The Gang is one of the first academic studies of the phenomenon. Originally published in 1927, Frederic Milton Thrasher’s magnum opus offers a profound and careful analysis of... (read more)

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The Dream Shattered: Vietnamese Gangs in America
The Dream Shattered: Vietnamese Gangs in America
by Patri Du Phuoc Long
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In this eloquent account, Patrick Du Phuoc Long discusses why so many children of Indochinese refugees who fled to the U.S. after the Vietnam War are turning to gang life. Du Phuoc Long interweaves the true stories of Indochinese youths with his personal... (read more)

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