This qualitative study aimed to examine the perspectives of aging held by a former male Latino gang member. A case study approach was employed. Existing research on gangs has focused on violence, the nature of gangs, and membership encompassing gangs, which provides context for gaining a better understanding of gangs on many different levels. Although, one area of gang research where little attention has been paid is the aging perspective of gang members.
The aging process was idiosyncratic for a former gang member, but threads of commonality can still be drawn to general aging concepts. Themes of skipped life stages and early maturation became poignant to his aging process, which has definitively changed as he has chronologically aged. As he has "maturated out" of a gang, major themes in his gang years have changed; family no longer means other gang members, but now means wife, children, and mother.
|Commitee:||Claver, Maria, Rose, Sandford|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Social work, Sociology|
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