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The Diamonds are a Chicago Street gang whose members are second-generation Puerto Rican youths. For Felix Padilla the young men who join the Diamonds have made a logical choice. The gang is an alternative and dependable route to emotional support, self-respect, material goods, and upward mobility. Although Padilla shares the same ethnic background as the gang members and also grew up in a Chicago barrio, gaining the trust of the Diamonds was not easy. But eventually he was able to get close enough to the members to interview and observe them.

Padilla shows us the process behind the decision to join the Diamonds. From early childhood, boys develop positive images of the gang. They realize that the dominant culture promises mobility, but that their paths to that mobility are blocked. By joining a gang they can creatively oppose the dominant culture.

Padilla does not paint a romanticized picture of the Diamonds. Some members come to understand that when they sell drugs, they benefit the gang's leaders and suppliers more than themselves. Further, they recognize that the gang is also subject to problems of domination and inequality. Padilla shows that though the Diamonds are sometimes violent, they are not psychopaths. While we need not approve of what they do, Padilla urges us to understand it as a rational response to the doors these young men see closed around them.

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Felix M. Padilla is an associate professor in the department of sociology and director of the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University in Chicago.

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Job descriptions, management changes, staff development, disciplinary action, policies: Does this sound like a street gang? Yet Padilla, a DePaul professor, makes a good case that disenfranchised youth enter gangs to follow the American Dream. Monitoring a suburban Chicago gang involved in theft and cocaine dealing, he parallels its structure to businesses. The virtual disappearance of factory jobs in the past 20 years have left unskilled youth without options. To make what often does not exceed minimum wage, these "gang-bangers" endure beatings, police action (legitimate and crooked), and jail sentences. Gangs provide what school did not: identity, training, pride of work, and income. Padilla's somewhat dry academic style, rife with statistics, is offset by the colorful and profane interviews with the Diamonds. Most of them have become disillusioned and disappointed by age 20, because only a very few drug distributors are making the real money, while the street dealers are taking all the risks. This is the most thorough look at the operation of a violent street gang since Joan Moore's Going Down to the Barrio ( LJ 2/1/92). For public libraries.
- Anne Osborn, Youth Training Sch., Chino, Cal.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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