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God's Gangs: Barrio Ministry, Masculinity, and Gang Recovery

Edward Orozco Flores


Los Angeles is the epicenter of the American gang problem. Rituals and customs from Los Angeles' eastside gangs, including hand signals, graffiti, and clothing styles, have spread to small towns and big cities alike. Many see the problem with gangs as related to urban marginality. For a Latino immigrant population struggling with poverty and social integration, gangs offer a close-knit community. Yet, as the book argues, gang members can be successfully redirected out of gangs through efforts that change the context in which they find themselves, as well as their notions of what it means to be ... More

Keywords: Los Angeles, American gangs, gang rituals, urban marginality, Latino men, Homeboy Industries, intervention program, Victory Outreach, masculinity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781479850099
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479850099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Orozco Flores, author