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Jumped In by Jorja Leap
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Jan 08, 2013 | ISBN 9780807044810

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“This is a bullet-train of a book. Jorja Leap writes about gang members with objectivity and compassion. Her descriptions of her private life are a fusion of dead-on honesty shot through with humor. A remarkable read.”—Leon Bing, bestselling author of Do or Die

Jumped In…sprints way past scholarly and educational, aiming for the outright transformational.”—UCLA Today

“…Raw and engaging…must-read, an eye-opener and heart-expander.”—The San Francisco Book Review

“Leap, a professor of social welfare at UCLA, crafts a fascinating if troubling ethnography of gang culture in Los Angeles… There is much to admire about Leap’s study: its novelistic style, how well the dialogue conveys the inner lives of Leap’s interviewees, the mosaic-like organization.”—Publishers Weekly

“Why are nearly five thousand kids and young adults still shot to death each year in America—and what can be done about it? Jumped In is the haunting, funny, tragic and revelatory tale in which Jorja Leap takes us into the heart of these questions. Leap’s frank and enthralling personal narrative introduces us to a parade of cops, gangsters, homegirls, drug dealers and unlikely heroes, each in possession of a fragment of the needed answers. We watch as Leap’s own existence is fundamentally altered by these often deeply intimate encounters. And, in accompanying her, we too emerge humanized and wiser for the experience.”—Celeste Fremon, author of G-Dog and the Homeboys, editor/founder of and The California Justice Report

“What makes Jorja Leap a gang expert is not just her years of experience and indefatigable research, but her heightened reverence for the enormous complexity of the gang dilemma. Jumped In gives us a window into a world of a sub-grouping of the poor who few understand and too many demonize. Her view is both “aerial” and “in the weeds” while always staying heartbreakingly compassionate and true. Her work gives me hope.”Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., Founder and Executive Director, Homeboy Industries

“Dr. Leap uncovers the good, the bad, and the ugly reality facing the Los Angeles Police Department, the thinly staffed county departments that provide social services, and the school districts that attempt to educate children who emerge from often dysfunctional families. The journey of Jumped In will put a reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride from indifference to sorrow to sympathy for this portion of society so many Angelenos comfortably drive past.”—Lee Baca, sheriff, Los Angeles County

“Leap’s strength is her comprehensive investigation into organic campaigns, community initiatives, research, and political maneuvering to decrease gang activity.”—VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

Table Of Contents


1) Napalm
2) Chameleon
3) Mi Vida Loca
4) Living with the LAPD
5) Big Mike
6) Adopting New Ideas
7) Nuns and Bitches
8) Poor Black Woman
9) Mario
10) Fear Rules over Love
11) Teardrops
12) The Lost Boys
13) The Streets Will Be Me
14) Intervention
15) Business
16) Self-Medication
17) The Ties That Bind
18) Fathers of the Community
19) Answers

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