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This comprehensive and widely respected survey of the literature on gangs and gang activities in America includes theoretical perspectives on why gangs exist, gang typologies, descriptions of gang activities, and various intervention strategies for dealing with gangs.
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Randall G. Shelden is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas UNLV), where he has been a faculty member since 1977. He received the UNLV Alumni award for Outstanding Teacher in 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1992 and 1993. He is the author or co-author of 16 books, including GIRLS, DELINQUENCY, AND JUVENILE JUSTICE (3rd Edition), with Meda Chesney-Lind (which received the Hindelang Award for outstanding contribution to Criminology in 1992); CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY (with William Brown, Karen Miller, and Randall Fritzler, Waveland Press); CONTROLLING THE DANGEROUS CLASSES: THE HISTORY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (2nd Edition, Allyn and Bacon); DELINQUENCY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY (Waveland Press); OUR PUNITIVE SOCIETY (Waveland Press); plus three previous editions of YOUTH GANGS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. His website is: www.sheldensays.com.Review:
INTRODUCTION A BRIEF HISTORY OF GANGS 1. What Is a Gang and How Many Are There? 2. What Do Gangs and Gang Members Look Like? 3. The Gang Subculture. 4. Criminal Activities of Gangs. 5. Girls and Gangs. 6. Adult Gangs. 7. Why Are There Gangs? 8. Gangs in Context: Inequality in American Society. 9. Legal Responses to Gangs. 10. Community and National Responses to Gangs. 11. Conclusions.
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