A Research Note
There is a pressing need for additional research on gangs.
What is most needed are evaluations of prevention and intervention programs
in order to determine which ones work and which ones don't. In keeping with
a focus on why gang form, we need to know more about
|regenerate failing social institutions,|
|reduce racial and ethnic prejudice,|
|build and maintain healthy families, |
|reduce child and spousal abuse,|
|rebuild deteriorating neighborhoods and
|improve students' academic performance and
the quality of our inner-city schools, and|
|increase opportunities for gainful
The subject of gangs is enormous and no one book could possibly address
each of the related issues. Into the Abyss is only one of many books
on the topic of gangs. If you are interested in learning more about this
subject, take a look at the contents of the Bibliography
for additional readings. In the Resources section
you will find a suggested list of videos and web
sites you may wish to explore and if you're a teacher, there are sites which
will help you build lesson
plans for yours students.
Our exploration of solutions to the gang phenomenon will make more sense
if we are familiar with two important perspectives in the field of
criminology. They have to do with how one explains why people behave the way
they do and they are our next topic of consideration.
Michael K. Carlie
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