Opposing Viewpoints Series - Gangs (hardcover edition)

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9780737705102: Opposing Viewpoints Series - Gangs (hardcover edition)

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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"Long-standing series about controversial contemporary issues continue(s) to turn out exceptional titles. Greenhaven's Opposing Viewpoints presents multiple perspectives on hot topics such as abortion, the death penalty, and censorship through excerpts from primary materials ranging from speeches to cartoons."
-- Booklist (October 2001) (Booklist 20011015)

"The format and approach are identical to other titles in the series; both sides of a particular issue are explored in depth. Each essay is prefaced by questions that will help students focus their reading and each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading and research. Students will find the articles helpful in examining these controversial and often emotional issues."
-- School Library Journal (August 2002) (School Library Journal 20020801)

"As usual for books in this series, there are plenty of follow-up sources for students to pursue."
-- Booklist (June 2002) (Booklist 20020615)

"The language is understandable but not simplistic, the pieces are clearly titles for easy identification, and a few cartoons and charts break up the dense text. This unbiased collection is a welcome resource for researchers and debaters."
-- School Library Journal (June 2002) (School Library Journal 20020601)

"Written by educators, scientists, journalists, doctors, veterinarians, members of the clergy and advocates. This excellent volume will elicit group discussion and help to develop critical thinking and analysis of sensitive issues."
-- School Library Journal (May 2002) (School Library Journal 20020501)

"This supplemental reader is perfect for getting students involved in discussion. The resulting debates are sure to reinforce any primary readings and will breathe life into any standard lecture oriented course. This supplement is a useful tool for instructors to get students involved."
-- Crime and Justive International (May 2002) (UNKNOWN 20020501)

"As always in the Opposing Viewpoints series, there are voices from many sides of the debate."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020415)

"Most present clear, fact-supported points that readers will find valuable for speeches and reports. Editorial cartoons, anectdotes, and statistics break up the essays, make reading easier. This is a well-balanced approach to the issues, argued with studied analysis rather than bind emotion."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020401)

"This series is invaluable for preparing students for debates, classes, or research assignments. Opposing Viewpoints books help prepare high school students for critical thinking and make them aware of issues that affect society today. Recommended."
-- The Book Report (March-April 2002) (Book Report 20020401)

"Most useful in schools with religion and/or philosophy courses, but should also appeal to general readers."
-- School Library Journal (April 2002) (School Library Journal 20020401)

From School Library Journal:

Grade 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
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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