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Title: Brothers who could kill with words : the culture and politics of contemporary street gang memoirs
Author: Metcalf, Josephine
ISNI:       0000 0004 2677 491X
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2009
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The controversial execution of former gang member Stanley "Tookie" Williams in California in 2005 crystallises the polarised debates about contemporary street gang memoirs, which have been variously demonised in the media as Violent and sensationalist or by contrast, praised as offering a pedagogic and preventative anti-gang stance. Williams was simultaneously a death row inmate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. My project analyses this cycle of gang memoirs which commenced in 1993, focusing on the bestseliing works or two African Americans, Williams and Sanyika "Monster" Shakur, and one Mexican American, Luis J. Rodriguez, exploring these contradictions both within the memoirs and in their reception.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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