Real Gangstas

Real Gangstas

Legitimacy, Reputation, and Violence in the Intergang Environment

eBook - 2011
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Real Gangstas relies on the tradition of urban ethnography to provide a unique and intimate look at the lives of street gang members in Indianapolis, IN. For eighteen months, Timothy R. Lauger interviewed and observed a mix of fifty-five gang members, former gang members, and non-gang street offenders, many from the & ldquo;Down for Whatever Boyz. & rdquo; Through this research, Lauger is able to understand and explain the reasons for gang membership, including a chaotic family life, poverty, and the need for violent self-assertion in order to foster the creation of a personal identity.
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, Ă2011
ISBN: 9780813553757
081355375X
9780813553733
0813553733
9780813553740
0813553741
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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