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Borrowing from Evolutionary Ecology and Biology: Can it Help Us Understand Interactions Between and Among Latino and Black gangs in South Los Angeles?

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Certain areas of South Los Angeles have undergone dramatic change in terms of the racial and ethnic composition of the residential population. In a very short time span (less than 20 years), Latinos have supplanted African Americans as the majority group in most neighborhoods. Contrary to the classic models of gang formation and conflict, the introduction of Latino gangs into communities dominated by Black gangs did not result in widespread, inter-racial gang violence. Borrowing from both ecology and biology, this paper provides a framework for exploring several features surrounding the formation, growth, and behavior of Latino gangs in South Los Angeles. First, in the ecological context, Latino gangs are viewed as an “invasive species” that were able to beyond certain niches and colonize major portions of the territories previously held by the “native species’” (i.e., Black gangs). Violence between Latino and Black gangs is modeled within an evolutionary framework by considering the costs and benefits of cooperation versus competition. Alternatively, predator-prey models can be adapted to include local population dynamics in an effort to understand changes the levels of violence over time both within and across Black and Latino gangs. Finally, the population dynamics that exist both within the local environment (communities) and within the larger “global” environment (prisons, jails) might also help to shape local patterns of violence.
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Tita, George. "Borrowing from Evolutionary Ecology and Biology: Can it Help Us Understand Interactions Between and Among Latino and Black gangs in South Los Angeles?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373109_index.html>

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Tita, G. "Borrowing from Evolutionary Ecology and Biology: Can it Help Us Understand Interactions Between and Among Latino and Black gangs in South Los Angeles?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373109_index.html

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Abstract: Certain areas of South Los Angeles have undergone dramatic change in terms of the racial and ethnic composition of the residential population. In a very short time span (less than 20 years), Latinos have supplanted African Americans as the majority group in most neighborhoods. Contrary to the classic models of gang formation and conflict, the introduction of Latino gangs into communities dominated by Black gangs did not result in widespread, inter-racial gang violence. Borrowing from both ecology and biology, this paper provides a framework for exploring several features surrounding the formation, growth, and behavior of Latino gangs in South Los Angeles. First, in the ecological context, Latino gangs are viewed as an “invasive species” that were able to beyond certain niches and colonize major portions of the territories previously held by the “native species’” (i.e., Black gangs). Violence between Latino and Black gangs is modeled within an evolutionary framework by considering the costs and benefits of cooperation versus competition. Alternatively, predator-prey models can be adapted to include local population dynamics in an effort to understand changes the levels of violence over time both within and across Black and Latino gangs. Finally, the population dynamics that exist both within the local environment (communities) and within the larger “global” environment (prisons, jails) might also help to shape local patterns of violence.


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