Violence and Poverty

Gang Violence and Gangster Culture in North and Latin America

Youth gangs are often cited as one of the main causes of violence in American cities, whether in the northern or southern parts of the continent. To find solutions to the violent environment in which the gang members live, one must go further than just seeing the gang as a criminal group and also look at it in terms of a culture.

By clicking on the link in the right-hand column, you can see a photography exhibition by Donna de Cesare about Salvadorian gangs in Los Angeles and El Salvador.

Read the captions by clicking on the link for each photo.

What elements of gang culture are shown in these pictures?

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