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Dead End Kids: Gang Girls and the Boys They Know (Hardback)
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Dead End Kids: Gang Girls and the Boys They Know (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 31/10/1998
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Girls are no less important to gang life than boys. Young women get trapped in cycles of victimization and self-defeating behaviour despite their tough talk to the contrary. This book aims to expose gang life as seen through the eyes of a teen-aged girl named Cara. It provides an account of Cara's life as a member of a Kansas city gang, the Fremont Hustlers. Drugs and guns, shootings and assaults, boyfriends and pregnancies, ratty apartments, broken-down cars, minimum wage jobs, strained relationships with family and peers, dodging the police and praying for peace fill her days. The book describes in detail the social and economic pressure on Cara and fellow gang members whose lives were shaped by poverty, family disorganization and parental neglect.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299158804
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 599 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Most of society has given up on these girls. "Dead End Kids" shows us why this is a tragic mistake."--Elizabeth Mehren, national correspondent, "Los Angeles Times"


"Fleisher aptly describes the economic and social pressures that contribute to gang formation, youth violence, teen pregnancy, and other social ills plaguing U.S. cities."--Vanessa Bush, "Booklist"


"A lively, compelling tale of urban misery and dashed hope, Fleisher's work humanizes gang girls and identifies the psychological, cultural, and social forces that condemn the distaff side of America's [gangs] to their dead-end lives."--Donna Gaines, "Village Voice Literary Supplement"


""Dead End Kids" is an important and exceptional study. Anyone who cares about young people should read it and feel compelled to take action."--Jody Miller, "Chicago Tribune"


"I recommend it to all who want to understand the dynamics of inner-city life and the reasons that current crime and poverty programs cannot succeed. If middle-class America could digest its core ideas, dramatic changes in policy might result."--Jim Quinn, "Law and Politics Book Review"


Most of society has given up on these girls. "Dead End Kids" shows us why this is a tragic mistake. Elizabeth Mehren, national correspondent, "Los Angeles Times""


A lively, compelling tale of urban misery and dashed hope, Fleisher s work humanizes gang girls and identifies the psychological, cultural, and social forces that condemn the distaff side of America s [gangs] to their dead-end lives. Donna Gaines, "Village Voice Literary Supplement""


Fleisher aptly describes the economic and social pressures that contribute to gang formation, youth violence, teen pregnancy, and other social ills plaguing U.S. cities. Vanessa Bush, "Booklist""


I recommend it to all who want to understand the dynamics of inner-city life and the reasons that current crime and poverty programs cannot succeed. If middle-class America could digest its core ideas, dramatic changes in policy might result. Jim Quinn, "Law and Politics Book Review""


"Dead End Kids" is an important and exceptional study. Anyone who cares about young people should read it and feel compelled to take action. Jody Miller, "Chicago Tribune""

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