Like Toy Soldiers narrates a conflicting coming of age journey in which a young man’s need to form a symbolic kinship in his community propels him into the Compton gang world. Torn by his love for his family, sibling rivalry, and an urgent need to grow up, Luis Montoya finds himself at a crossroads. Introduced at the tender age of fifteen and during his maturing days of the summer right before high school, Luis succumbs to the crude Compton streets, leaving behind an innocent youth to adopt violent masculinity. Once he takes the first step into gang initiation, he faces a series of snowballing effects that submerge him deeper into this world.
|Commitee:||Cooper, Stephen, Lopez, Dennis|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, Individual & family studies, Criminology, Social psychology|
|Keywords:||Bloods and Crips, Coming of age, Compton gang world, Gangs, Toxic masculinity, Violence, Like Toy Soldiers, Symbolic kinship|
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