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Gangs : opposing viewpoints
Egendorf, Laura K., 1973-
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Greenhaven Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
170 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
What factors influence gang behavior? -- How widespread is the problem of gangs? -- Can the criminal justice system reduce gang violence? -- How can society end the threat of gangs?

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Hamburg Library HV6437 .G36 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Numerous communities have been affected by gang violence. The authors in this volume examine why some youths join gangs and debate solutions to the problem.Chapters include: What Factors Influence Gang Behavior? How Widespread Is the Problem of Gangs? Can the Criminal Justice System Reduce Gang Violence? How Can Society End the Threat of Gangs?

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-12. Although sometimes heavy going, Gangs has all the fine qualities of most of the Opposing Viewpoints books: it is clearly organized and relentlessly documented; it includes discussion questions, a bibliography, and organizations to contact. It also accepts that teens can read critically and think clearly and provides tools to help them do it. Topics associated with gang membership and behaviors are discussed in contrasting articles. Of particular interest are viewpoints debating the growth of girl gangs and the value of curfews, laws against loitering, and school-based programs to reduce the problem of gangs. The bitter connection between race, gangs, and gang perception is also studied, and an interview with social worker Isis Sapp-Grant, once a vicious gang member, is both chilling and chastening. Sapp-Grant's honesty is moving and terrifying. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This book addresses factors that influence gang behavior, how widespread the problem of gangs is, if the criminal-justice system can reduce gang violence, and how society can end the threat of this violence. Articles and excerpts from books, think-tank reports, and academic publications produced between 1996-1999 are the sources of opinions. Only one article deals with white gangs, even though neo-Nazi or hate groups are one of the fastest growing types in the U.S. Guiding questions accompany each chapter for use by teachers or discussion leaders. Gangs originally appeared in the "Opposing Viewpoints" series in 1996; Gangs in the "Opposing Viewpoints Digests Series" was published in 1997. Questions addressed in this volume reflect changes in the culture and growth of gangs, male and female, across the U.S. The writing ranges from dry to lively, depending on the source, and is accessible to advanced readers. A serviceable title for some junior high and most high school as well as public libraries.-Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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