Gangs: A Groundwork Guide

Gangs: A Groundwork Guide

Richard Swift / Feb 19, 2020

Gangs A Groundwork Guide Street gangs have exploded in popularity worldwide Tattoos baggy pants tagging gangsta style clothesthis unspoken threat is always just around the corner in most of the world s major cities In sear

  • Title: Gangs: A Groundwork Guide
  • Author: Richard Swift
  • ISBN: 9780888999795
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Street gangs have exploded in popularity worldwide Tattoos, baggy pants, tagging, gangsta style clothesthis unspoken threat is always just around the corner in most of the world s major cities In search of a sense of identity and belonging that their world has denied them, young people are pushed into gangs by a witch s brew of violence, guns, drugs, racism, poverty, fStreet gangs have exploded in popularity worldwide Tattoos, baggy pants, tagging, gangsta style clothes this unspoken threat is always just around the corner in most of the world s major cities In search of a sense of identity and belonging that their world has denied them, young people are pushed into gangs by a witch s brew of violence, guns, drugs, racism, poverty, families under pressure, and ever widening slums Gangs exposes the roots of the problem, from the bidonvilles of France to the favelas of Brazil It offers a startling analysis of the complicity of the adult world, as well as hard hitting reforms that might just undermine the appeal of gang life Most of all, it shows that we fail to understand gangs at our peril.

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    About "Richard Swift"

      • Richard Swift

        Richard Swift was co editor for the New Internationalist magazine from1984 to 2007 and is based in Toronto He has written and broadcast on questions of ecology and democracy for many years In 2011 he won the Daniel Singer Millennium Prize for an original essay which helps further socialist ideas.


    845 Comments

    1. I would place this nonfiction book about gangs into the hands of a high school (9-12th) English or History teacher who is planning on teaching the graphic novel, Yummy by G. Neri, to his or her students. If an English is teaching this graphic novel for English purposes or if a History teacher is teaching this novel for the historical life of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, then it might be a good idea for teachers to use this nonfiction about gangs first, so students are aware of what gangs are and [...]


    2. Pairing :Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty will be paired with the nonfiction book Gangs by Richard Swift. The book covers the history of gang life, the idealized version vs. the reality. It also discusses the role of family, environment, community and school on the proliferation of gangs. The author also offers his ideas on combating gangs, most controversially, decriminalizing street drugs. Book Citation:Swift, Richard. Gangs. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2011. Print.Audience: Teenage r [...]


    3. Richard Swift’s nonfiction text provides readers with the realization that young people, especially boys, are turning to gangs all across the world. These young people are searching for their identity and a sense of belonging. Swift also presents the history of gangs and how they are able to appear appealing to youth. The text also provides readers with ideas about ways to reduce gang activity through end the war on drugs and providing other alternatives to gangs. I think this nonfiction text [...]


    4. It was pretty clear from the beginning what arguments Swift was going to make as to why gangs exist, are a problem, and how to get rid of them. Everything he said made sense and for the most part I agree with. I found the facts and stats sprinkled throughout very insightful (I never knew that Canada had a gang problem, eh). However, I found the repetitive narration to be hard to get through at times. Overall, a good bookif you're really interested in learning more about gangs that is.


    5. - A very basic, short overview of youth gangs worldwide.It was a like an essay of sorts, but it didn't really delve into any issues in any sort of deep meaningful way.- At times it felt rather repetitive.- A decent introduction to the issue of youth gangs, but not an insightful treatise into the matter.


    6. This isn't in depth analysis on how to deal with the issue at hand instead of the symptoms of gang culture but it's a good read he brushes on the the motivators and resources that should be used to curb gang culture.


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