Friday, August 17, 2007

The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang

Here is an interesting book about the Latin Kings of New York. I have not read it yet, but it sounds like a very interesting book. It is interesting to see that Reverendo Luis Barrio, the progressive priest and CUNY professor, is one of the co-authors. If any of you have read the book let please let me know what you think.

Editorial Reviews

"In The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang, Mr. Brotherton and Mr. Barrios provide a detailed analysis of the rise and fall of the gang's reform process, which had fallen into severe difficulties by 2001." -- Chronicle of Higher Education

"[This] well-researched book seems to focus intentionally on the social and structural aspects of the gang, because understanding those is key to understanding gang membership and steering youth out of it." -- Youth TodayReview

"An empirical challenge and theoretical wake-up call to an all-but-moribund criminology. Classic insider sociology." -- John M. Hagedorn, University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Criminal Justice


  1. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciate your book review... and the fact that you're keeping up on Br. Padilla's case.

    To answer your question, I was teaching ESL when I wrote that review; however, I'm now the principal pre-K teacher at an Ohio Islamic school.

    As for Congress- I haven't lost hope; from my little lobbying experience I do know that they listen to constituents... but it's to their advantage not to hear from us, so they do what they like. Best thing is to speak up and let'em know what we think.

    ma salaama

  2. I am getting into videos now and am looking to do some dawah vidoes with this communinty insha'Alah, but hopefully it will go better than when my friend tried at the PR Day parade a few years ago and ended up getting hs throat slit.

  3. Assalamu `alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Dear Umar:

    May Allah reward you for you intentions. May Allh be with you and purify your intentions and make them purely for His Face, Amin.