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The Resource Who you claim : performing gang identity in school and on the streets, Robert Garot

Who you claim : performing gang identity in school and on the streets, Robert Garot

Label
Who you claim : performing gang identity in school and on the streets
Title
Who you claim
Title remainder
performing gang identity in school and on the streets
Statement of responsibility
Robert Garot
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The color of clothing, the width of shoe laces, a pierced ear, certain brands of sneakers, the braiding of hair and many other features have long been seen as indicators of gang involvement. But it is not just what is worn, it's how: a hat tilted to the left or right, creases in pants, an ironed shirt not tucked in, baggy pants. For those who live in inner cities with a heavy gang presence, such highly stylized rules are not simply about fashion, but markers of "who you claim," that is, who one affiliates with, and how one wishes to be seen. In this carefully researched ethnographic account, the author provides descriptions and compelling stories to demonstrate that gang identity is a carefully coordinated performance with many nuanced rules of style and presentation, and that gangs, like any other group or institution, must be constantly performed into being. He spent four years in and around one inner city alternative school in Southern California, conducting interviews and hanging out with students, teachers, and administrators. He shows that these young people are not simply scary thugs who always have been and always will be violent criminals, but that they constantly modulate ways of talking, walking, dressing, writing graffiti, wearing make-up, and hiding or revealing tattoos as ways to play with markers of identity. They obscure, reveal, and provide contradictory signals on a continuum, moving into, through, and out of gang affiliations as they mature, drop out, or graduate. This work provides a rare look into young people's understandings of the meanings and contexts in which the magic of such identity work is made manifest
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Garot, Robert
Dewey number
364.10660973
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6439.U5
LC item number
G384 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Alternative criminology series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gang members
  • Gangs
  • Youth
Label
Who you claim : performing gang identity in school and on the streets, Robert Garot
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Gang identity as performance -- Moral dramas at school -- The contradictions of controlling student dress -- Claims -- Affiliations -- Violence and nonviolence -- Avoiding retaliation -- Streetwork
Control code
326484635
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 260 pages
Isbn
9780814732137
Isbn Type
(pb : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009035184
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)326484635
Label
Who you claim : performing gang identity in school and on the streets, Robert Garot
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Gang identity as performance -- Moral dramas at school -- The contradictions of controlling student dress -- Claims -- Affiliations -- Violence and nonviolence -- Avoiding retaliation -- Streetwork
Control code
326484635
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 260 pages
Isbn
9780814732137
Isbn Type
(pb : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009035184
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)326484635

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