Encyclopedia of Gangs

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7.35 X 10.18 X 0.93 inches | 1.57 pounds
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About the Author

Louis Kontos is Associate Professor of Sociology at Long Island University and is the co-editor of Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives (2003).

David C. Brotherton is Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

"Billed as the first encyclopedia of gangs in the United States, this volume provides an extensive over view of the great variety of gangs in American society and selected other countries (e.g., Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, South Africa, and Spain), and the various public programs and policies that have been developed to ameliorate their negative impacts. . . . This encyclopedia will be useful for college and university libraries, or other settings where readers desire further understanding of this complex topic. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." --Choice

"The first encyclopedia on the subject of gangs definitely delivers what the editors intended: an orientation to the subject, a stimulation of curiosity, and guidance for further investigation of the subject by the reader. Recommended for academic and large public libraries." --Booklist

"The Encyclopedia of Gangs provides timely and compelling information on a topic that has gained a great deal of attention both in institutions of higher education and mainstream media outlets...recommended for novice researchers...The Encyclopedia of Gangs offers a nice starting point for the study of a wide range of gang topics and would make a fine addition to most library collections." --ARBA

"The Greenwood press Encyclopedia of Gangs is highly recommended. The authors have provided excellent context and academic background for what is becoming an increasingly multifaceted and prevalent subject matter. . . . This book will find a strong audience in sociology, cultural, justice, civil liberty and criminology fields. It is particularly readable and offers a nice balance between depth of subject matter and 'continued investigation'. Public, special and academic libraries should give strong consideration to this item, particularly as there is a dearth of resources in the subject area." --Reference Reviews