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Insight into another world.,
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This review is from: Among the Hoods: My Years with a Teenage Gang (Hardcover)
This is a book that should be required reading for any who work in social services, the Department of Work and Pensions and indeed, any politician - as the author shows how the state has let down the street kids that only come to the nations attention when up before a judge. The key point I gleaned from the book is the absence of hope for these children; growing up in squalor, left behind by their fathers, patronised at best by the authorities and then served up as prison fodder. Although I am loathe to condone their anti-social behaviour - as they are inflicting pain and misery on people who largely share their fate - is it any wonder they do what they do, given the lack of alternatives? The author has considerable empathy for the gang members - although I was shocked in turn by her naivety when confronted by the realities of street life. In short, this is a worthy attempt to show how society has gone wrong - where we seem to value the worth of a new pair of trainers over that of a liberal education.