Into The Abyss:
A Personal Journey into the World of Street Gangs

by Mike Carlie, Ph.D.        
Michael K. Carlie
Continually updated.

~ Table of Contents ~
Home | Foreword | Preface | Orientation

What I Learned | Conclusions
End Note |
| Appendix
Site Map / Contents
| New Research

Up-To-Date Gang-Related News

For Whom is This Book Written?

Many of my colleagues and friends asked for whom I was writing Into the Abyss. I initially started to write is as a means of collecting my thoughts and impressions when my field research was over. As I wrote, however, my goal changed. I began writing it for whoever had an interest in gangs. And, realizing the power of the Internet, I included links to over 2,800 gang-related sites on the Internet as each related to one or another of the topics I was writing about.

If you're the parent of a child who might be getting in trouble, I wrote this book for you. If you are a mentor to a child or adult in trouble, I wrote this book for you. If you are a law enforcement officer or commander, teacher, faith community leader, social worker, community activist, criminal justice student or criminologist, social planner, politician, legislator, or businessperson and you want to know more about gangs - I wrote this book for you.

I wrote Into the Abyss because I want to share with others what I learned about gangs, the neighborhoods and communities in which they reside, and the way in which our society is dealing with them. Most importantly, I wrote this book for people who are interested in doing something constructive about the gang situation - for people who will take an active role in their community by addressing the core problems which cause gangs to form and youths to join them.

Because Into the Abyss was written for such a wide audience, I have written it more as a personal account of what I learned about gangs over the past three years than as an academic tome.


2002 Michael K. Carlie
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