Monster: an Autobiography of an L.A. Gang tells the story of Kody Scott and how he joined and left the gang life. Kody Scott grew up in a world of violence, gangs, suffering, and in a life of struggle during the nineteen sixties and seventies. Kody was born into the gang life in South Central Los Angeles whether he liked it or not because of the corruption going on there at the time. Kody’s life would be greatly affected by the outnumbering gangs growing around the area where he lived. At a young age Kody had a big decision to make concerning whether he wanted to live a life of a gang member or live a life of a civilian. At the age of eleven Kody, also known as Monster Kody, new that he wanted to live the ghetto life of a gang member.
Theories of delinquency attempt to provide an explanation and reason as to why the juvenile engages in delinquent acts. This paper attempts to explain the reasons behind Kody Scott’s delinquent behavior and why he decided to live the life of a gangster. The numerous strains and obstacles placed in Monster Kody’s path cannot be attributed to the reasoning of a single theory. The combination of theories of delinquency that best explains Kody Scott’s life is the social disorganization theory, the differential association theory, and the social learning theory. By exploring Kody Scott’s delinquent behavior it is possible to understand similar individuals’ reasons for committing delinquent acts.
Differential Association Theory
At a young age Kody had to make a decision whether to live a gang life or a life of a civilian. His choice came early in his elementary life, “Early on I saw and felt both sides of the game being played where I lived. It was during my time in elementary school that I chose to never be a victim again, if I could help it” (Shakur 100). From then on, Kody would never be picked on for he felt secure being a part of a gang. Monster Kody said that “he had never, ever felt as secure as I did then in...