The Purpose of the
Why in the world would anyone in his right mind hop into an unmarked
police gang unit car at midnight and drive into the middle of gang territory
in East Los Angeles? Or go into a prison and be locked in a
room with a convicted gang member or death row inmate with no guard in sight?
I've read and heard a great deal about street gangs over the past decade. It's been like the crescendo of an orchestra, building steadily over the
years as the problem itself has spread and worsened. In order to understand
the gang phenomenon more completely, however, I knew I also had to walk right into the middle of
it. So, I asked for a sabbatical from the university which employs me and
started my "personal journey into the world of street gangs."
I wanted to learn about street gangs and I wanted to be able to teach about the
gang phenomenon. I also wanted to participate in the on-going conversation
about what we can do to reduce the formation of gangs and the number of
people joining them. To that extent, while nearly two-thirds of Into the
Abyss is a descriptive and explanatory study of street gangs, fully
one-third is devoted to exploring solutions to the gang phenomenon. The
Table of Contents at the top of each webpage in Into
the Abyss provides easy navigation to the listed topics directly, without
have to read through the entire book.
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