Robert J. Durán: Gang Life in Two Cities: An Insider’s Journey
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence is a top public health concern because of the long-lasting detrimental effects on physical health, emotional well-being, educational progress, and socioeconomic stability well into adulthood. Research also demonstrates that gang violence and homicides account for a substantial proportion of violence among youths in some cities. Although there is a wide array of research that investigates the sources, correlates, and outcomes of gang violence, the significance of the symbiotic interactions between historical, cultural, and structural inequalities in relationship to gang violence is limited. Moreover, Dr. Durán stresses that any interventions and policies that pursue to stem the tide of youth and gang violence must consider the contextual significance racial and ethnic oppression, segregation, and marginalization. Data for this ethnographic qualitative research is collected from two cities: Denver, Colorado and...
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