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Mandel School’s Mark S. Fleisher writes chapter on history of gangs

Mark S. Fleisher, a research professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, had a chapter published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Titled “The History of Gangs and Gang Research,” Fleisher’s chapter explores how radical culture change instigated by conflict among diverse cultural groups has had adverse social and psychological effects witnessed by the rise of youth gangs.

Fleisher take a close look at the processes of gang formation in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City to illustrate that rapid changes in core cultural systems had a chilling effect on ethnic groups’ core cultural practices, such as adolescents’ rites of passage to adulthood.

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