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2001 Annual Meeting
Our Boys: Gang Life in Orange County, California

by Rick Grannis, Cornell University

Southern California has long been associated with gangs and Orange County is certainly no exception. I spent two years doing ethnographic research among Orange County gangs, primarily with one of the largest gangs, FxTroop (pronounced F-Troop), which has between several hundred and a few thousand members depending upon whom you ask. FxTroop, as you might have guessed, takes its name from the old western comedy, although many of the older members of the community claim that the organization has its origins before World War I and that it merely changed its name in the sixties.

The youths (primarily young men) who the police identify as FxTroop see themselves as an integral part of their neighborhood. Similarly, numerous local residents of all ages (most of whom do not appear to be gang members) identify their neighborhood as FxTroop. While FxTroop is primarily composed of Mexican-Americans, it is not exclusively so and its racial homogeneity reflects the neighborhood from which it originates. Most of Orange County's gang members are Mexican-Americans, especially if you use the records of the essentially Anglo law enforcement establishment.

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  IOM Hears Concerns About Human Subjects' Protection

by Angela L. Sharpe, Associate Director for Government Affairs, Consortium of Social Science Associations

Federal and non-federal organizations continue to examine the issue of human research participants protection. On January 22, the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Assessing the System for Protecting Human Research Subjects held a public forum to gather information for its assessment of the system for protecting human research participants. The Committee heard the various perspectives (institutional, participant, and investigator) of those conducting research involving humans.

2001 Annual Meeting
  You Just Completed a Day of Sessions . . . What Will You Do?

by Johanna Ebner, ASA Communications Assistant

If your answer isn't "I'm going to Disneyland" then maybe you should reconsider. Disneyland, the American icon, is Anaheim's major attraction, enlarging with the recent opening of Disney's California Adventure and Downtown Disney. The Convention Center has also been renovated.

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