A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture by John M. Hagedorn

By John M. Hagedorn

“Street gangs reflect the inhuman goals and greed of society’s trendsetters and deities whilst they struggle to the demise over scraps from the desk of the overseas drug exchange. yet John Hagedorn, generally, additionally reveals desire within the contradictory values of outlaw youth—selflessness, cohesion, and love amid cupidity and directionless rage—and he keeps the desire tradition of resistance will finally succeed over the forces of self-destruction. no matter if one stocks his optimism or no longer, he makes a compelling case that the way forward for the realm could be made up our minds at the streets of our cities.” —Mike Davis, from the Foreword

“A international of Gangs is an illuminating trip round the cultures, lives, tragedies, and desires of thousands of rebellious early life round the planet. it truly is an vital paintings to appreciate the realm we are living in and crucial analyzing for college kids of towns and communities.” —Manuel Castells

For the greater than 1000000000 those who now reside in city slums, gangs are ubiquitous positive factors of lifestyle. even though nonetheless such a lot heavily linked to American towns, gangs are an entrenched, all over the world phenomenon that play an important position in quite a lot of actions, from drug dealing to extortion to non secular and political violence. In an international of Gangs, John Hagedorn explores this foreign proliferation of the city gang as a result of the ravages of globalization.

Looking heavily at gang formation in 3 international cities-Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, and Capetown-he discovers that a few gangs have institutionalized as a method to confront a hopeless cycle of poverty, racism, and oppression. specifically, Hagedorn unearths, the nihilistic allure of gangsta rap and its highway ethic of survival “by any ability necessary” presents important insights into the ideology and endurance of gangs worldwide. This groundbreaking paintings concludes on a hopeful notice. providing ways that gangs may be inspired to beat their violent trends, Hagedorn appeals to group leaders to exploit the urgency, outrage, and resistance universal to either gang existence and hip-hop so as to deliver gangs into broader pursuits for social justice.

John M. Hagedorn is affiliate professor of felony justice on the collage of Illinois, Chicago. he's editor of Gangs within the worldwide urban and writer of the hugely influential humans and people: Gangs, Crime, and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City.

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Gang violence persisted as the economy in the Western Cape deteriorated. ”50 The gangs, which had already united in a cartel called the Firm aimed at regulating drug trafficking, responded by building a coalition of gangs and community groups, the Community Outreach Forum (“Core”). They called on the ANC to “repay” them for what they claimed was their earlier political and financial support. The ANC, however, in response banned gangs in the Prevention of Organized Crime Act (POCA), a law based on California’s antigang Street 18 street institutions Terrorism Enforcement and Protection Act (STEP).

It is derived from my experience teaching and doing research in Chicago this past decade; from comparative research I have done through the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois– Chicago and discussion among the fellows and scholars;31 from my research on the history of gangs in Chicago;32 from an international working conference I hosted that produced the volume Gangs in the Global City;33 from my participation in the early stages of the Eurogang research;34 from research in Chicago as part of neither War nor Peace, a ten-nation study of children in organized armed violence;35 from membership in the Social Science Research Council’s workshop on youth in armed conflict;36 from my research for a New York City–Chicago comparative study of violence for the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation;37 from many fruitful hours of collegial discussion with scholars from Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Germany, among other countries, as well as with my students; and finally from my own experience as an activist.

64 In the last years, as in Rio de Janeiro, Chicago’s gangs have fragmented, and “renegade” factions have split off from the main gangs. R. . We ain’t . . too together. . You know why that happens, though, because niggers, you know what I’m sayin’, get their head pumps up. Nigga don’t wanna honor no violations no more. Nigga don’t wanna pay dues. They don’t wanna hang out. So renegades come from that. Nigga wanna do what he wanna do. Outlaw (say) “fuck it. I don’t gotta ride with y’all. I do what I wanna do.

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