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Book Review: Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
By Michelle Inderbitzin
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Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
By Jorja Leap
Beacon Press (2012)
Reviewed by Michelle Inderbitzin
Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption is an interesting book but one that is hard to categorize. Author Jorja Leap, an anthropologist from UCLA, is trained as a clinician and a researcher, but this book is not the usual academic monograph; instead, it combines personal narrative with a social message. Leap intertwines vivid scenes from her home life with details of her time spent with gang members, sharing stories of working cooperatively with members of the Los Angeles Police Department, community activists, and street-level gang interventionists.
Large portions of Jumped In are focused around Leap’s relationship with and marriage to a deputy chief in the Los Angeles Police Department as they work to reconcile their disparate interests. The book also focuses on her time studying Homeboy Industrie
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