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Gang Violence

(see also Organized Crime)

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On the Web: Articles

An Urban Ethnology of Latino Street Gangs. Francine Hallcom (1999)

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Bajito Onda (Dallas).

Barrios Unidos (Santa Cruz-based Institute for Peace & Community Development).

Gangcolors (Lisa Taylor-Austin).

Gangs & At-Risk Kids.

Gangs or Us.

Know Gangs.

National Association of Gang Investigators Associations.

National Gang Crime Research Center.

Street Gangs (Los Angeles).

In the Library: Articles

Olson, Matt. "Guilt by association," In These Times (7/7/03):20-22.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books:

Bing, Leon. Do or Die: The Bloods & the Crips Speak for Themselves (NY, 1989).

Castillo, Frank R. Cholo Dreams & Nightmares (

Decker, Scott H. & Barrik Van Winkle. Life in the Gang. Family, Friends, & Violence (Cambridge, 1996).

Fremon, Celeste. Father Greg & the Homeboys: The Extraordinary Journey of Father Greg Boyle & his Work with the Latino Gangs of East Los Angeles (NY: Hyperion, 1995).

Gibson, James W. Warrior Dreams: Paramilitary Culture in Post-Vietnam America (NY, 199?).

Gilligan, James. Violence. Reflections on a National Epidemic (NY, 1996).

Hsu, Francis L.K. Rugged Individualism Reconsidered: Essays in Psychological Anthropology (Knoxville: U. Tennessee, 1982). Examines negative aspects, possible key to the frequency of interpersonal violence in our culture.

Rodriguez, Luis J. Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1994).

__________. Hearts & Hands: Creating Community in Violent Times (NY: Seven Stories, 2001).

Ruiz, Mona. Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (Houston: Arte Público, 1997).

Pinderhughes, Howard. Pacesetting. Race in the Hood. Conflict & Violence Among Urban Youth (Minneapolis, 1997).

Shakur, Sanyika. Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member (NY: Penguin, 1994).

Vigil, James Diego. Barrio Gangs: Street Life & Identity in Southern California (Austin: U. of Texas, 1988).

__________. A Rainbow of Gangs: Street Cultures in the Mega-City (Austin: U. of Texas, 2002).

Yablonsky, Lewis. Gangsters. Fifty Years of Madness, Drugs, & Death on the Streets of America (NY, 1997).

In the Library: Fiction

Rodríguez, Luis J. The Republic of East Los Angeles: Stories (NY: Rayo, 2002).

In the Library: For Young Readers

Rodríguez, Luis J. It Doesn't Have to Be This Way: A Barrio Story (San Francisco: Children's Book, 1999).

In the Library: Poetry

Rodríguez, Luis J. Poems Across the Pavement (Chicago: Tia Chucha, 1989).

In the Library: Drama

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