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Vampires, Dragons, & Egyptian Kings: Youth Gangs In Postwar New York

Schneider, Eric C.

Published by Princeton University Press, 1999
ISBN 10: 0691001413 / ISBN 13: 9780691001418
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Title: Vampires, Dragons, & Egyptian Kings: Youth ...

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Princeton. 1999. Princeton University Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 408 pages. hardcover. 0691001413. keywords: New York Gangs History. inventory # 26674. FROM THE PUBLISHER - They called themselves 'Vampires', 'Dragons', and 'Egyptian Kings'. They were divided by race, ethnicity and neighbourhood boundaries, but united by common styles, slang and codes of honour. They fought - and sometimes killed - to protect and expand their territories. In postwar New York, youth gangs were a colourful and controversial part of the urban landscape, made famous by 'West Side Story' and infamous by the media. This is a historical study which explores the culture of these gangs. Author Eric Schneider takes us into a world of switchblades and slums, zoot suits and bebop music to explain why youth gangs emerged, how they evolved, and why young men found membership and the violence it involved, so attractive. Schneider focuses on the years from 1940 to 1975, but takes us up to the present in his conclusion, showing how youth gangs are no longer social organizations but economic units tied to the underground economy. Bookseller Inventory # 26674

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Synopsis: They called themselves "Vampires", "Dragons", and "Egyptian Kings". They were divided by race, ethnicity and neighbourhood boundaries, but united by common styles, slang and codes of honour. They fought - and sometimes killed - to protect and expand their territories. In postwar New York, youth gangs were a colourful and controversial part of the urban landscape, made famous by "West Side Story" and infamous by the media. This is a historical study which explores the culture of these gangs. Author Eric Schneider takes us into a world of switchblades and slums, zoot suits and bebop music to explain why youth gangs emerged, how they evolved, and why young men found membership and the violence it involved, so attractive. Schneider focuses on the years from 1940 to 1975, but takes us up to the present in his conclusion, showing how youth gangs are no longer social organizations but economic units tied to the underground economy.

Book Description: "A comprehensive and tantalizing picture of the street gang culture that was part of the New York City mythology from the '40s to the '70s. [Schneider] knows his way around the streets and does a particularly good job of making sense of the drug plague that ended the original postwar gang culture. . . . Schneider's understanding (if not affection) for the gang style informs the work throughout. Vampires, Dragons, and Egyptian Kings is a sharp book about a peculiar moment in the New York life--one that seems strangely antiquated as we approach the new millennium." --Martin Jackson, Village Voice

"[Schneider's] study of Manhattan youth gangs in the years after World War II blends academic disciplines with the author's recollections of the events he traces.Fascinating history." --Booklist

"Superb. This is a marvelous piece of work: beautifully written, nicely organized, thoroughly researched, consistently insightful." --New York History

"Drawing on countless sources meticulously noted, [Schneider] offers reasons for the emergence of gangs, shows us their particular culture, assesses intervention programs, and traces their decline in the 1960s and resurgence in the 1970s. Throughout, he augments his scholarly research with excerpts from interviews with former gang members." --Library Journal

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