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The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs$
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Josephine Metcalf

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032813

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032813.001.0001

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The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs

Josephine Metcalf

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter highlights the complex processes present in the production of contemporary black and Latino popular culture, focusing primarily on the written form. It begins with the early twentieth-century roots of the Mexican American gangs and the establishment of the African American street gang Crips in the early 1970s, whose emergence sparked a proliferation of contemporary street gangs. It then presents the reasons behind the rising trend of gang warfare in Los Angeles as well as the suppressive methods that the authorities and media use in response to street gang-related violence.

Keywords:   violence, street gang, gang warfare, Los Angeles, Crips

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