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Title: Chicano Pinto Research Project: A Case Study in Collaboration
Journal: Journal of Social Issues  Volume:33  Issue:4  Dated:(1977)  Pages:144-158
Author(s): J W Moore
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
Grant Number: ERP 14-15580; 1-R01-DAO-0531-01
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes a collaborative project that involved academics and Chicano convicts and drug addicts in an examination of barriers to the use of formal resources by ex-inmates and drug addicts.
Abstract: The researchers knew that a high proportion of Chicano convicts reach prison through one of two interconnected routes: gang-related activities and drug dealing and use. The gangs in Los Angeles are neighborhood (or barrio) based. The research thus focused on three barrios that were also target areas for agencies that served ex-inmates and drug addicts. The research design called for a combination of structured instruments to draw the barrio typology and to interview neighborhood residents and ex-inmates. It also involved less-structured, quasi-ethnographic data. The initial staff was about half inmate and half noninmate. The inmate staff was selected by the inmate-serving agencies and included men from the three barrios, with a mixture of addicts and never-addicted men who had served time in California and in Federal prisons. Few had formal college- level education and none had formal research training or background. This article describes how the staff of researchers and inmates collaborated to implement the research. The most important conclusion from the research methodology was that every minority subcommunity has a more or less organized history and the potential for using both research findings and research-trained personnel. The study also found that in conducting research in minority communities and in staff collaboration between minority residents and academic researchers, subculturally differentiated status systems influence interactions. 2 references
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Criminology; Drug treatment; Hispanic Americans; Research methods
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