Although a range of program and policy responses to youth gangs
exist, most are largely based on suppression, implemented by the
police or other criminal justice agencies. Less attention and fewer
resources have been directed to prevention and intervention
strategies that draw on the participation of community
organizations, schools, and social service agencies in the
neighborhoods in which gangs operate. Also underemphasized is the
importance of integrating such approaches at the local level.
In this volume, leading researchers discuss effective
intervention among youth gangs, focusing on the ideas behind,
approaches to, and evidence about the effectiveness of
community-based, youth gang interventions. Treating community as a
crucial unit of analysis and action, these essays reorient our
understanding of gangs and the measures undertaken to defeat them.
They emphasize the importance of community, both as a context that
shapes opportunity and as a resource that promotes positive youth
engagement. Covering key themes and debates, this book explores the
role of social capital and collective efficacy in informing youth
gang intervention and evaluation, the importance of focusing on
youth development within the context of community opportunities and
pressures, and the possibilities of better linking research,
policy, and practice when responding to youth gangs, among other
Subjects: Sociology, Law, Political Science
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