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One of the Guys

Girls, Gangs, and Gender

Jody Miller

Publication Date - 26 October 2000

ISBN: 9780195130782

288 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender examines the causes, nature, and meaning of female gang involvement. Miller situates the study of female gang membership in the context of current directions in feminist scholarship and research on both gangs and female criminal offenders. Unique in its approach, this book is a comparative study that examines both gang members and nongang members to provide an accurate picture of the nature of gang life. The author draws on interviews from two contrasting cities, St. Louis, Missouri and Columbus, Ohio. While both cities have relatively new gang histories, their socioeconomic conditions are notably different. The book opens with a foreword written by Malcolm W. Klein, a leading authority on youth gangs. Miller examines how and why girls join gangs; the nature of girls' involvement in gangs; how gang involvement shapes girls' participation in delinquency and their risk of victimization; and the ways in which gender affects their gang experience. Miller concludes by drawing out implications for gender and crime and the study of female lawbreaking. Written in a lively and personal style, One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender includes rich, extensive interviews offering fascinating excerpts from the girls themselves. Miller examines these dialogues in order to explore gender identities within gangs. One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender is an ideal text for courses which focus on juvenile delinquency, women and crime, gang activity, and female lawbreaking.

Table of Contents

    1. Perspective on Gangs and Gender
    2. Studying in 'New' Gangs Cities
    3. Getting into Gangs
    4. Gangs and Gangs Life in Columbus
    5. Gangs and Gang Life in St. Louis, with Rod K. Brunson and Niquita Vinyard
    6. Gangs, Delinquney, and Violence
    7. Gender and Victimization in Gangs
    8. Gender Strategies in Youth Gangs
    9. Conclusion

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