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NCJ Number: NCJ 240928     Find in a Library
Title: Are You Down?: Power Relation and Gender Reconstruction Among Latina Gang Members in Los Angeles
Journal: Journal of Gang Research  Volume:20  Issue:1  Dated:Fall 2012  Pages:19 to 32
Author(s): Abigail Kolb ; Ted Palys
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 14
Publisher: http://www.ngcrc.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used semi-structured qualitative interviews with 10 female Latina gang members in order to explain the important role that the gang plays in the lives of young oppressed Latina women in the Los Angeles area.
Abstract: For decades sociologists and criminologists have sought to understand and explain the phenomena of gang-related crime and delinquency. The classical literature on this topic has typically been related to the male delinquent experience. Recent literature related to female experiences has tended to explain female gang behavior from a male perspective. This study used semi-structured qualitative interviews with 10 female Latina gang members in order to explain the important role that the gang plays in the lives of young oppressed Latina women in the Los Angeles area. By examining Latina gang women's stories from a feminist epistemological standpoint, this study explains the ways in which identities are constructed for Latinas in disenfranchised neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and how their sexuality and femininity is reconstructed through their affiliation with the gang. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors ; Social conditions ; Social psychology ; Social organization ; Feminism ; Female gangs ; Gang member attitudes ; Hispanic gangs ; Ethnicity ; Hispanic
   
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