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- DescriptionIn Chinatown Gangs, Ko-lin Chin penetrates a closed society and presents a rare portrait of the underworld of New York City's Chinatown. Based on first-hand accounts from gang members, gang victims, community leaders, and law enforcement authorities, this pioneering study reveals the pervasiveness, the muscle, the longevity, and the institutionalization of Chinatown gangs. Chin reveals the fear gangs instill in the Chinese community. At the same time, he shows how the ecomic viability of the community is sapped, and how gangs encourage lawlessness, making a mockery of law enforcement agencies. Ko-lin Chin makes clear that gang crime is inexorably linked to Chinatown's political ecomy and social history. He shows how gangs are formed to become equalizers within a social environment where individual and group conflicts, whether social, political, or ecomic, are unlikely to be solved in American courts. Moreover, Chin argues that Chinatown's informal ecomy provides yet ather opportunity for street gangs to become providers or protectors of illegal services. These gangs, therefore, are the pathological manifestation of a closed community, one whose problems are t easily seen-and less easily understood-by outsiders. Chin's concrete data on gang characteristics, activities, methods of operation and violence make him uniquely qualified to propose ways to restrain gang violence, and Chinatown Gangs closes with his specific policy suggestions. It is the definitive study of gangs in an American Chinatown.
- Author BiographyKo-lin Chin is an Assistant Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of Chinese Subculture and Criminality (1990), and the co-editor of Handbook of Organized Crime in the United States (1994). Currently, he is studying illegal Chinese immigrants in the United States.
- Author(s)Chin Ko-Lin
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication01/02/2000
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Series TitleStudies in Crime and Public Policy
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note3 line illustrations
- Weight367 g
- Width155 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine17 mm
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