David Brotherton, Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Sociology, was interviewed in a piece on WNYC News titled Crew Members Share Why They're Drawn to Street Gangs. The article discusses the multitude of different gangs in the city, particularly in the housing projects and the NYPD’s fears of elevated gang violence during the summer months.
Brotherton offered insight into the reasons that urban youths living in economically depressed areas join gangs, positing that gangs are perceived as a means for youths to become “visible” and relevant in society.
To listen and read the full article, click here http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2013/jun/26/crews/
Brotherton and two doctoral students, Daniel Stageman and Shirley Leyro, are editors of a newly published book called Outside Justice: Immigration and the Criminalizing Impact of Changing Policy and Practice, published by Springer, which discusses the intersection of undocumented immigrants, immigration and changing perceptions of criminality expressed in current public policy and legislation. This is a first publication for Stageman and Leyro which was a by-product of a conference held on March 22, 2012 called Issues in Immigration of Criminal Justice at John Jay.
The book is available for purchase here http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/criminology/book/978-1-4614-6647-5
Brotherton’s research focuses on youth resistance, marginalization, and deportation co-founding the Street Organization Project in 1997. He has received numerous research grants from both private and public agencies and has published widely in journals, books, newspapers and magazines He was named Critical Criminologist of the Year in 2011 and has been nominated for the 2011 George Orwell Prize in England and the C.Wright Mills Award in the United States. Among his recent books, published by Columbia University Press, are: Banished to the Homeland: Dominican Deportees and Their Stories of Exile, with Luis Barrios (2011); Keeping Out The Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Control, edited with P. Kretsedemas (2009); and The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang, with Luis Barrios (2004).