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NCJ Number: 136489 Find in a Library
Title: Emerging Barrio Underclass: Irregular Lifestyles Among Former Chicano Gang Members
Author(s): J D Vigil
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Inter-University Social Science Research Council Cmtte for Contemporary Hispanic Issues
Austin, TX 78713
Sale Source: Inter-University Social Science Research Council Cmtte for Contemporary Hispanic Issues
Ctr for Mexican American Studies
Univ of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78713
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An enthnographic and interview-based investigation was conducted of 30 Chicano men who had been active members of East Los Angeles gangs in their teens and who now ranged in age from their mid-20's to 60.
Abstract: The information obtained from interviews and field observations with 30 Chicano men revealed a subset of former barrio gang members whose lives were characterized by poor education, underemployment and unemployment, extensive involvement with illicit drugs, recurrent incarceration, and histories of family disruption in both childhood and adulthood. Many of these men and particularly those in their twenties and thirties continued to congregate and intermingle with gang youths at barrio "hangouts" and to reinforce by example deviant behavior patterns among the youths. Needed are multidirected interventions coordinated through prison work programs and through parole and probation authorities. Sensitive intervention programs implemented in schools might redirect barrio youths from adopting the lifestyle of these older role models. 8 references
Main Term(s): Gangs; Mexican Americans
Index Term(s): California; Cause removal crime prevention; Intervention; Urban area studies
Note: Working Paper No. 7
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