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The Gangstas in Our Midst

While conducting this ethnography on 50 male African-American gang members, I sought to create a picture of the culture in which these young men existed. Over a two-year period, I observed and interviewed members from such groups as the Bloods, Crips, and the Blackstone Rangers in order to uncover the values, language, and rituals that defined membership in a gang, as well as the reasons why these males joined these groups in the first place.

  • Author/Creator: Patton, P.L.
  • Author's address: Human Sciences Press, Inc.
  • Date Published: March
  • Journal/Secondary Title: The Urban Review
  • Number: 1
  • Volume: 30
  • Year: 1998

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