Studies in Transgression

Studies in Transgression, edited by David C. Brotherton, publishes books at the intersection of sociology and critical criminology. This series challenges the normative conventions of the broader study of crime to produce a fuller accounting of a society’s responsibilities for and complicity in the threats and wrongdoing that come to be seen as police-able crimes. The series examines behaviors understood as transgressive by looking at the cultural assumptions that contextualize that reading and the structural factors that underlie those behaviors. Books in the series will examine marginal lifestyles and their relationship to crime around the Unites States and the globe. Perspective authors should contact the series edtior David C. Brotherton or Temple University Press Editor Ryan Mulligan to discuss their work in progress for inclusion in the series.

Before Crips

Fussin', Cussin', and Discussin' among South Los Angeles Juvenile Gangs

John C. Quicker and Akil S. Batani-Khalfani

A historical analysis of South Los Angeles juvenile gang life as revealed by those who were there

464 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 tables, 14 halftones, 1 map


Divide & Conquer

Race, Gangs, Identity, and Conflict

Robert D. Weide

Argues that contemporary identity politics divides gang members and their communities across racial lines

284 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 tables, 14 halftones, 1 map


From South Central to Southside

Gang Transnationalism, Masculinity, and Disorganized Violence in Belize City

Adam Baird

Forthcoming Spring 2024
How longstanding socio-economic vulnerability in Belize City created fertile grounds for embedding deported Bloods and Crips from Los Angeles

217 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 table


Gangs on Trial

Challenging Stereotypes and Demonization in the Courts

John M. Hagedorn

Exposes how stereotypes replace evidence in gang related trials

246 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 figures, 7 halftones, 1 map


Modern Migrations, Black Interrogations

Revisioning Migrants and Mobilities through the Critique of Antiblackness

Edited by Philip Kretsedemas and Jamella N. Gow

Forthcoming Fall 2023 — Pre-order your copy now

Using Black Studies theory to examine the contemporary meanings of migration

218 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 halftones