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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 147
Title: Latino Gang Migration
Lead Author: Tapia, Mike
Abstract: Various regions of the U.S. have recently witnessed the emergence of Latino street gangs for the first time ever. This presents a unique opportunity to analyze these groups in their earliest stages of formation to advance a theoretical understanding of street gang proliferation. While clearly linked to the growth of new Latino communities in various non-traditional destinations, it is not known exactly how or why street gangs are now forming. Most research on gang emergence in new locations claims it is a homegrown problem, a function of poverty and deteriorating social conditions. An alternate view, common among law enforcement officials, suggests that gang members strategically migrate from other places in the U.S. or Latin America as a way to expand their criminal operations. This proposal calls for a field-work research program to help understand what is driving the formation of these groups.
PDF: Tapia_Mike_147.pdf

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