From Los Angeles and New York to Chicago and Miami, street gangs
are regarded as one of the most intractable crime problems facing
our cities, and a vast array of resources is being deployed to
combat them. This book chronicles the astounding
self-transformation of one of the most feared gangs in the United
States into a social movement acting on behalf of the dispossessed,
renouncing violence and the underground economy, and requiring
school attendance for membership.
What caused the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation of New York
City to make this remarkable transformation? And why has it not
happened to other gangs elsewhere? David C. Brotherton and Luis
Barrios were given unprecedented access to new and
never-before-published material by and about the Latin Kings and
Queens, including the group's handbook, letters written by members,
poems, rap songs, and prayers. In addition, they interviewed more
than one hundred gang members, including such leaders as King Tone
and King Hector. Featuring numerous photographs by award-winning
photojournalist Steve Hart, the book explains the symbolic
significance for the gang of hand gestures, attire, rituals, and
rites of passage. Based on their inside information, the authors
craft a unique portrait of the lives of the gang members and a
ground-breaking study of their evolution.
Subjects: Sociology, Law
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