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NCJ Number: 201368 Find in a Library
Title: One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender
Author(s): Jody Miller
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 278
Sponsoring Agency: Oxford University Press, Inc
New York, NY 10016
Publication Number: ISBN 0-19-513078-2
Sale Source: Oxford University Press, Inc
198 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines the causes, nature, and meaning of female gang involvement.
Abstract: A comparative study examined both gang members and nongang members to provide an accurate picture of the nature of gang life. Interviews were conducted in two contrasting cities, St. Louis (Missouri) and Columbus (Ohio). While both cities have relatively new gang histories, their socioeconomic conditions are notably different. Extensive interviews are offered, including excerpts of dialogues of the girls. Chapter 1 offers perspectives on gangs and gender, suggesting that study of girls in gangs and women’s involvement in crime would be strengthened by several insights found in the feminist literature outside of criminology. Chapter 2 explains studying in “new” gang cities. Chapter 3 describes how girls get into gangs and focuses on three important dimensions: neighborhood and friendship networks, problems within the family, and the influence of gang-involved family members. In chapters 4 and 5, gangs and gang life are described and compared in Columbus and St. Louis. Chapter 6 explores the issues of gangs, delinquency, and violence. Chapter 7 presents discussion on gender and victimization in gangs. Specifically, this chapter focuses on victimization risk and the ways in which gang involvement structures this risk for girls. Chapter 8 describes gender strategies in youth gangs and contradictory attitudes about gender equality and women. It is hoped that future research can bridge the gender similarities/differences divide and document girls’ victimization, resistance, and agency in ways that capture their full humanity. Appendix
Main Term(s): Female gangs; Juvenile gang behavior patterns
Index Term(s): Adolescent females; Female juvenile delinquents; Females; Gang member attitudes; Gangs; Violent females
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