Luca Queirolo Palmas

Gangs in the Latino Atlantic. Transnationalism, generations, translations and the invention of "La Raza"

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Keywords: gangs, transnationalism, youth cultures, migration, ethnicity

The essay explores the transnationals practices among global gangs composed by young migrants in Italy. The research has been developed following the global connections (virtual and materials) of young members of Latin Kings and Netas, two of the most important organizations in youth subcultures spread in Latin America, Europe and USA. Transnationalism appears as a tool for reinventing ethnicity and constituting a generation sharing cultures, styles and codes beyond borders. This generation contributes to shape a transnational social field, the Atlantico Latino, organized by rituals, travels and power relations.

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