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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John M. Hagedorn  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Illinois Connection

Hagedorn is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Illinois-Chicago Great Cities Insitute and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.

Biographical and Professional Information

Hagedorn is a criminologist, professor and an author. Along with the books Hagedorn wrote below, he has also contributed to several articles and has edited the following books: *''Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs, and Gender'' - co-editor with Meda Chesney-Lind *''Gangs in the Global City: Alternatives to Traditional Criminology''

Published Works

  • Forsaking Our Children: Bureaucracy and Reform in the Child Welfare System, Lake View Press, 1996
  • People and Folks: Gangs, Crime and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City , Lake View Press, 1998 - written with Perry Macon
  • A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture, University of Minnesota Press, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

Forsaking our children :
ISBN: 094170243X. OCLC Number:

Lake View Press,. Chicago :. 1995.

People and folks :
ISBN: 0941702464. OCLC Number:

Lake View Press,. Chicago :. ©1998.

A world of gangs :
ISBN: 0816650675. OCLC Number:

University of Minnesota Press,. Minneapolis :. ©2008.

For the more than a billion people who now live in urban slums, gangs are ubiquitous features of daily life. Though still most closely associated with American cities, gangs are an entrenched, worldwide phenomenon that play a significant role in a wide range of activities, from drug dealing to extortion to religious and political violence. In A World of Gangs, John Hagedorn explores this international proliferation of the urban gang as a consequence of the ravages of globalization. Looking closely at gang formation in three world cities--Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, and Capetown--he discovers that some gangs have institutionalized as a strategy to confront a hopeless cycle of poverty, racism, and oppression. In particular, Hagedorn reveals, the nihilistic appeal of gangsta rap and its street ethic of survival "by any means necessary" provides vital insights into the ideology and persistence of gangs around the world. This groundbreaking work concludes on a hopeful note. Proposing ways in which gangs might be encouraged to overcome their violent tendencies, Hagedorn appeals to community leaders to use the urgency, outrage, and resistance common to both gang life and hip-hop in order to bring gangs into broader movements for social justice.--From the publisher.

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