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One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender [Paperback]

Jody Miller

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14 Dec 2000
One of the Guys 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 current 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 interview from two contrasting cities, St. Louis, Missouri and Columbus, Ohio. While both cities have relatively new gang histories, their socio-economic conditions are notably different. The book opens with a foreword written by Malcom 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 sytle, 'One of the Guys: Girls, Gangs, and Gender' includes rich, extensive interviews offering fascinating excerpts from the girls themseleves. Miller examines these dialogues in order to exploe 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gang girls in the midwest 2 Jan 2002
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Miller's book is an excellent study of an issue that has not received much attention in criminology - girls' involvement in gangs. Based on her interviews of gang girls in St. Louis and Columbus, she challenges the common belief that girls do not join gangs or participate in gang-related crime. She explores the differences between male and female gang involvement, offering an explanation for these differences based on predominant gender norms which even "deviant" youth do not escape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant effort 29 Jun 2003
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Miller, generally considered the best young female criminologist in North America, has won several awards for this book. While there is some information from her dissertation in this, it is far from a published dissertation. Rather it is a breakthrough study in gender studies, and is absolutely essential reading for those in the field working with both girls and boys on the streets.
5.0 out of 5 stars very interesting 8 May 2014
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it was a very interesting story that was told by someone who was an outsider to these girls but really shed light on their world and what they go through
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not applicable to most girls in gangs 28 May 2002
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This book is, in large part, a result of the author's dissertation. In an attempt to try to get something published and/or tenure, she compiled descriptive information about gangs in St. Louis and Columbus. While it may be interesting to a few in academia, this book offers no practical value to the gang problems we face everyday. Nor can it be applied to prevention/intervention programs in other locales.
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