One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender

Paperback | October 15, 2000

byJody Miller

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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 inits 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 ganghistories, 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' participationin 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 Genderincludes 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 andcrime, gang activity, and female lawbreaking.

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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 inits approach, this book is a comparative study...

Jody Miller is at University of Missouri, St.Louis.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195130782

ISBN - 13:9780195130782

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Table of Contents

ForewordAcknowledgements1. Perspective on Gangs and Gender2. Studying in 'New' Gangs Cities3. Getting into Gangs4. Gangs and Gangs Life in Columbus5. with Rod K. Brunson and Niquita Vinyard: Gangs and Gang Life in St. Louis6. Gangs, Delinquney, and Violence7. Gender and Victimization in Gangs8. Gender Strategies in Youth Gangs9. Conclusion

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"We have long known that girls are in gangs, but very little first-hand research on their lives, their choices, and their differences has been available. For this reason, Miller's detailed work on girls in gangs not only fills an enormous scholarly void in gang research, it also provides thosethat are working with this problem with solid, careful information on the painful bargains that girls in economically marginalized and violent neighborhoods are forced to make every day."--Meda Chesney-Lind, University of Hawaii at Manoa