"As soon as i get out ima cop Dem Jordans": The afterlife of the corporate gang

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Sudhir Venkatesh and Steven Levitt's influential 2000 article transformed the way social scientists study gangs by showing the context in which Chicago gang members built an organization moDeled on a corporation. But if this research helped to Demonstrate that the unDerground economy is a logical response to the inner city's isolation from the rest of the country, it also makes it difficult to see that the very same factors that have led to urban Decay and "social isolation" (i.e., escalating unemployment, the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the emergence of gangs to fill bureaucratic voids) serve to connect gangs to wiDer social worlds. This study expands upon recent gang research by Detailing the improvisational economic and social practices, as well as the intricate narratives, and the social practices that allow Chicago gangs and their members to access a variety of people, institutions, and resources, while marking the diverse moDes of historical consciousness that gang affiliates Develop. A gang that I will here be calling the "Divine Aces" forms a powerful case in point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-694
Number of pages28
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


  • Civil rights
  • Gangs
  • Historical consciousness
  • Style
  • Urban youth
  • War on drugs


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