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The Century-Long Evolution Of Barrio Gangs In San Antonio

Mike Tapia, Ph.D.

A new book examining barrio gangs in San Antonio asserts that "participation in street violence, drug selling, and other parts of the informal economy are functional adaptations to the social structure."

What is the history of barrio gangs in San Antonio and other large Texas cities?

How have social and technological changes affected barrio networking and the street lifestyle?

What effects have intergenerational shifts had on these gangs? 

Guest: Michael Tapia, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department at New Mexico State University and author of "The Barrio Gangs of San Antonio, 1915-2015"

Meet author Mike Tapia this weekend in San Antonio: