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Murderer, Monster, Novelist or Nobel Nominee?

Murderer, Monster, Novelist or Nobel Nominee?

Press Reception and Media Constructions of Gang Memoirs

(p.123) Chapter Five Murderer, Monster, Novelist or Nobel Nominee?
The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs
Josephine Metcalf
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines critical reviews of the gang memoirs to see how the media understood and perceived the narratives and interpreted them for readers. It explains that the reception of the memoirs helped spark discussions about crime, race, violence, and pedagogy among the media and book readers. It shows that the memoirs have encouraged reviewers to ponder the socioeconomic factors that led to such street gang violence and to consider what the people can do to prevent the tragic cycle of street violence from occurring.

Keywords:   street gang, violence, memoirs, reviewers, crime, race, pedagogy, book readers

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