“The most important book on Chicago gangs in decades, Views from the Streets vividly describes how and why African American gangs in Chicago fractured and radically transformed. In recounting this story, Roberto R. Aspholm gives voice to the anguished cries of young men trying desperately to create meaning in impossible conditions.”
~John Hagedorn, author of A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture
We’re ending one decade and starting a new one with a look at Chicago’s contemporary gang violence. This week, we will be featuring Roberto R. Aspholm’s Views from the Streets: The Transformation of Gangs and Violence on Chicago’s South Side, a work that sheds new light on why gang violence persists and what might be done to address it in Chicago. Check back in throughout the week for a guest blog post by Aspholm and an excerpt from the work to better understand how young gang members have refashioned the structure and organization of gang culture.
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