4.0 out of 5 stars
Great if you are studying Sociology!, 27 July 2010
This book has been read by Sociology teachers and set for work on research methods but it is appealing to the general reader who is interested in the less sensational aspects of gang life. The writer seems very naive in his work, but he does demonstrate the ethical and practical dilemmas of research and he makes it more than accessible to non-specialist readers. If you are looking to be outraged and and you want a thrill a minute, this is not the book for you. If you want a (perhaps slightly dated) look at the underlying social fabric of gang life, it's an informative start. It is, I feel, of greater interest to the would-be sociologist than the general reader, but if you are studying any social science it's a very good background read. Don't think though, that research in this country would be undertaken in the same way. I'm amazed at the hands off attitude of his tutors and the non-systematic nature of his research.