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NCJ Number: 147827 Find in a Library
Author(s): M King
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 67
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author discusses the integrity of social research into Chicano gangs.
Abstract: Interviews with former and current gang members are presented to render subjectively meaningful testimony to life in Chicano gangs. Congruities and incongruities between them and academic theories, results of recent surveys, and media depictions are noted. The author asserts that mainstream social research may inadvertently obscure understanding of the phenomenon of Chicano gangs. Sociologists are at once observers and producers of human reality, and, as members of society, are influenced by the ebb and flow of media coverage of social phenomena. It is necessary, therefore, to account for all time- and culture- bound biasing factors. A social phenomenon can be better studied from a sociology of knowledge perspective. Appendix, 52 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Juvenile delinquency research; Media coverage; Mexican Americans; Research methods; Sociology
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