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The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs
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The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs

Josephine Metcalf

Abstract

The publication in 1993 of Sanyika Shakur’s Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member generated a huge amount of excitement in literary circles — New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani deemed it a “shocking and galvanic book” — and set off a new publishing trend of gang memoirs in the 1990s. The memoirs showcased tales of violent confrontation and territorial belonging but also offered many of the first journalistic and autobiographical accounts of the much-mythologized gang subculture. This book focuses on three of these memoirs — Shakur’s; Luis J. Rodriguez’s Running: La Vida Lo ... More

Keywords: Sanyika Shakur, gang memoirs, violent confrontation, territorial belonging, gang subculture, Monster, Luis J. Rodriguez, gang autobiography, sensationalism, narrative conventions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617032813
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032813.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josephine Metcalf, author