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Islands in the Street: Gangs and American Urban Society

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  27 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
"Vivid, lively, and yet theoretically informed, a triumph of patient and sustained fieldwork. . . . Jankowski presents the gang and its members not as pathological departures from social norms, but as shrewd and resourceful operators."-Michael Lipsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ""Islands in the Street" fills a wide gap in the literature on gangs. Jankowski's inn ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 8th 1991 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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Jessica
Feb 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have so many reasons why I disliked this book.

1)It read like someone’s college thesis paper that just happened to get published as a sociological book. It was so dry and boring. Literally like reading a text book on gangs.

2)Adding to the impression that this was someone’s thesis, a good amount of the text is the author citing passages from other author’s work. Large passages are simply lifted directly from other studies. It didn’t give me the feeling that the author did any of the legwork him
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Walidah
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best sociological studies I've read on gangs. It treats gang members not as pathological aberrations, but as experts and individuals working within a limited environment, and environment shaped created and supported by American society. There's one line where he talks about American individualism, and the gang member as the purest form of this.
Dedrick
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was very engaging and clearly explained the culture of urban survival. While I am still disturbed by violence and crime, this book made it clear when gang related violence and crime will persist and when it can end.
Amanda
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great info on gangs and totally readable. I might have even read it in my spare time if such a thing existed or ever will again. :)
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