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Issues in accessing and studying ethnic youth gangs.

Author: Joe, Karen
Author Background: U Hawaii, Dept of Sociology, Honolulu, HI, US
Date 1993
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Gang-Research
Volume/Pages Vol 1(2): 9-23
Subject Matter Adolescence, Empirical Methods; Juvenile Gangs; Racial and Ethnic Groups; Theories, Asians; Blacks; Hispanics
Abstract Discusses theoretical and methodological issues concerning the study of ethnic gangs. There are relatively few comparative studies concerning African-American, Hispanic, and Asian gangs. Relevant issues concerning the study of ethnic youth gangs include definition of gangs, identification and access to members, general methodological issues in studying these groups, ethnic-specific methodology concerns, and the interview process with individual members and validation of their responses. The case of a research team's experiences in studying a Latino gang in San Francisco shows the application of an ethnic-specific approach to the study of gangs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)