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From South Central to Southside: Gang Transnationalism, Masculinity, and Disorganized Violence in Belize City

Adam Baird

When he visited in 2011, sociologist Adam Baird wondered what the Bloods and Crips were doing in Southside Belize City. He soon discovered that migrant Belizean members of colors gangs from South Central Los Angeles were deported there in the 1980s. Once established "back home," membership in the Bloods and Crips was seen as an aspirational pathway to manhood for the urban underclass.

From South Central to Southside charts the genesis and evolution of a transnational gang culture. Baird provides firsthand interviews with gang members and "narco" families and explains the surprising source of Belize City's severe violence and skyrocketing homicide rates. He identifies gang violence in the U.S. and Belize as stemming from populations blighted by historical, brutal inequality and marginalization. Analyzing the gendered dynamics as young men and women face the temptations, risks, and dangers of gang life, Baird shines a light on "chronic vulnerability" in Belize City.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publish Date: Jul 12nd, 2024
  • Pages: 217
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781439923344
  • Categories: CriminologyEthnic Studies - Caribbean & Latin American StudiesSociology - Urban

About the Author

Adam Baird is a Researcher at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research. He is the coeditor of Paz, paso a paso: Una mirada a los conflictos colombianos desde los estudios de paz.
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