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Toronto Youth Gangs
An economic anthropology of Toronto youth gangs.
# 138495 | 1,500 words | 7 sources | 2008 | US

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This paper examines what is discussed as a youth gang culture to reveal what is an economic phenomenon based on crack cocaine profits more that poverty, fadism, deprivation or social exclusion. The paper discusses youths who choose to sell crack cocaine/crystal meth for gain who know that both are dangerous. The paper looks at the risks of gang violence, that include arrest and incarceration. The paper also mentions the academic/activist/liberal approach to youth gang subculture as inccurate and the economic anthropology's approaches as ones that give a better view.

From the Paper:

"Toronto media materials imply a large youth gang problem rooted in poverty, having grown up near criminal activity, a particular youth culture and racism preventing engagement in other economic activity. None are very satisfactory explanations given that many youths are visible minority members, poor and exposed to criminal activity who do not end up in gangs. (Krahn &Taylor:2005) When gangs are discussed as economic as opposed to cultural phenomena, such features as gang colours or music, refer only to a subculture grounded in the crack cocaine industry."

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