Inside Injunction: Q&A with professor, former Ogden gang member

Leia Larsen, Reporter | Standard Examiner
November 23, 2015 – 9:18 AM

gang injunctiion authorRobert Duràn wants to change the conversation about gangs. They’re not about crime, he argues, but complex social groups trying to fill the needs of marginalized communities. Duran also has a unique perspective on the issue, studying gang life from the inside.

Duràn grew up in Ogden and joined one of its gangs at 16. He became a father by 19. But he went on to graduate from Weber State University and get his PhD in Colorado. He’s now an associate professor in sociology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. As part of his graduate studies, he studied gang life in both Denver and Ogden.

He turned that research into a book, “Gang Life in Two Cities: An Insider’s Journey.”

Unlike many gang stereotypes, Duràn didn’t come from a gang family. His father worked as a miner and his mother was heavily involved in his life, making sure he went to school and church. But Duràn began gravitating toward gang life after feeling excluded from Ogden’s largely white, Mormon culture.

Duràn won’t reveal which Ogden gang he joined in 1993 because he said it could interfere with his research. But he spent significant time with many gang members and associates in the city, including those affiliated with Ogden Trece. The Standard-Examiner asked Duràn about his life in an Ogden gang and his thoughts on the Ogden Trece injunction.

The following conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

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1 Comment for “Inside Injunction: Q&A with professor, former Ogden gang member”

  1. Flakko

    I dont like Ogden

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