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The Violent Gang


reviewed by Albert K. Cohen 1963

coverTitle: The Violent Gang
Author(s): L. Yablonsky
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Since the middle of the 19505, we have had an accelerating stream of books and articles describing and interpreting delinquent conduct as a group process, culturally patterned, and rooted in the social organization of the larger society and the local community. The upshot of this exuberant production is a state of lively, unsettled, and highly fruitful argument. Yablonsky's volume is a major contribution to that stream and will add new fuel to the controversy. The author has had extensive experience as a detached worker with street gangs in New York City. His book is richly documented and illustrated with case materials drawn from that experience. There is probably no other book that conveys in so vivid and salty a way so much information about so many aspects of the structure and activities of the fighting gang. It would be well to reserve judgment on the applicability of Yablonsky's description to gangs... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 5, 1963, p. 426-426
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3015, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 10:40:25 AM

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