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PART 1 THEORY AND METHODOLOGY 1 1 A Note on Social Theory and the American Street Gang SUDHIR VENKATESH 3 2 Toward a Typology of Contemporary Mexican American Youth Gangs AVELARDO VALDEZ 12 3 The Negligible Role of Gangs in Drug Distribution in New York City in the I99os RIC CURTIS 41 4 Marginal Youth, Personal Identity, and the Contemporary Gang: Reconstructing the Social World? KEVIN MCDONALD 62 PART 2 GANGS AND POLITICS 75 5 Gangs and the Contemporary Urban Struggle: An Unappreciated Aspect of Gangs ALBERT DiCHIARA AND RUSSELL CHABOT 77 6 Urban Street Activists: Gang and Community Efforts to Bring Peace and Justice to Los Angeles Neighborhoods JUAN FRANCISCO ESTEVA MARTINEZ 95 PART 3 GANGS, AGENCY, AND AT-RISK YOUTH 117 7 The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation and the Spirituality of Resistance: Agency, Social Cohesion, and Liberating Rituals in the Making of a Street Organization. LUIS BARRIOS 119 8 Education in the Reform of Street Organizations in New York City DAVID BROTHERTON 136 PART 4 WOMEN AND GANGS 159 9 Liberating Yet Limiting: The Paradox of Female Gang Membership DANA NURGE 161 10 Amor de Reina! The Pushes and Pulls of Group Membership among the Latin Queens DAVID BROTHERTON AND CAMILA SALAZAR-ATIAS 183 PART 5 GANGS AND SOCIAL CONTROL 211 11 Gangs and the Law LOREN SIEGEL 213 12 The Gang Crackdown in the Prisons of Massachusetts: Arbitrary and Harsh Treatment Can Only Make Matters Worse PHILLIP KASSEL 228 PART 6 GANGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY 253 13 On the Subject of Gang Photography RICHARD RODRIGUEZ 255 14 From Civil War to Gang War: The Tragedy of Edgar Bolanos DONNA DsCESARE 283 15 Snapshots of a Movement: The New York Latin Kings and Queens 1996-99 STEVE HART AND DAVID BROTHERTON 314Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Gangs United States