The King. Diary of a Latin King is released.
The TRANSGANG project will develop a renewed model for the analysis of transnational youth gangs in the global era, in dialogue with two classics of urban ethnography, published nearly a century ago: The Gang, by F.M. Thrasher (1926) and The Polish Peasant in Europe and America, by W. I. Thomas and F. Znaniecki (1918‐1920). Traditionally, a youth gang has been typically understood as a small delinquent group of young men based in a locality. The focus has been on crime and violence.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No742705).
The King. Diary of a Latin King is the shocking chronicle of three trips: the journey of César Andrade (aka King Manaba) to his migrant past, Inca, king and prisoner; the trip of Carles Feixa (aka King Book) to the meeting of the Latin kings and queens of Catalonia and beyond; and the trip of both, in sum, to the understanding of the ways of life of that unusual transnational nation that is the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation. The book is the result of multiple conversations over fifteen years, from their first meeting in 2005, on the occasion of a raid in a youth center in Barcelona, until the present. A journey through an arduous process of legalization, cultural projects in search of recognition, the experience of prison and, finally, freedom. The testimony of King Manaba's life is complemented by photographs and personal letters, as well as epilogues signed by compatriots of the King Nation and other surrounding nations.