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Suburban Gangs: The Affluent Rebels

Korem, Danny

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ISBN 10: 0963910310 / ISBN 13: 9780963910318
Published by International Focus Press, Richardson, TX, 1994
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281, illus., notes, index. Independent investigative journalist Korem speaks from experience and research in this thoughtful work, expressing concern for the steadily rising numbers of youths from affluent homes who, like their inner-city cohorts, choose delinquent, occultic, or ideological gang-based activity as a way of life. European and American youths are joining gangs to escape the reality of life in severely dysfunctional, often abusive home situations. Bookseller Inventory # 43892

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Title: Suburban Gangs: The Affluent Rebels

Publisher: International Focus Press, Richardson, TX

Publication Date: 1994

Illustrator: Jon Racherbaumer

Book Condition:very good, very good

Edition: First? Edition. First? Printing.

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Examines the existence of gangs in affluent communities, discussing the causes, typology, and disengagement from gangs, and profiles the type of youth who gets involved with gangs

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Korem, an investigative journalist, brings a peculiar expertise to his study of youth gangs: formerly a professional magician, he uses sleight of hand (and of mind) in school presentations to help kids grasp the false promises at the center of any gang's appeal. This is a straightforward, nonsensational discussion of the causes, typology, and potential for prevention of and disengagement from youth gangs in relatively affluent communities (in Europe as well as the U.S.), which are often startled to learn they have a gang problem. In every culture, Korem notes, the kids most vulnerable to gangs live in broken, unstable, or severely dysfunctional families and have no adult "protector" on whom they can rely in a crisis. Global shifts in youth subcultures affect the relative appeal of types of gangs (delinquent, ideological, or, much less commonly, occult), but neither that subculture nor contact with inner-city gangs causes the formation of suburban gangs. Korem will enlighten many readers with his thoughtful and instructive approach to a growing and troubling social problem. Mary Carroll

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