It is argued in this paper that gang membership is a logical response by young individuals to socio-economic factors beyond their control. It will also be discussed here that any reasonable answer to deter individuals from joining gangs must begin with the cooperation of schools, institutions and law enforcement agencies, and that the growing problem of gang membership is a societal one, and one that doesn’t merely involve gang members themselves. For the purposes of this paper, it is important to understand exactly what is considered a gang. Gangs are broadly defined as loose organizations of people who work together for anti-social, financial, and criminal efforts. In most cases, gangs are conducted by an individual leader or cabal of leadership.
An example of defiant individualism are gangs that are capable of producing benefits for their members and other people in society, they as well work in their rank, and regulating leadership. He also goes on explaining gangs in times of immigration and how these communities have developed in the Unites States. Some of the gangs that are brought from other countries are like Chinese and Vietnamese which they have a long history of gangs in their own societies prior to immigration. These gangs are involved in drug trafficking and gambling. The article continues on by trying to see what gangs are involved with and their progression of consuming or selling drugs and to sharpen their power to not only the society but to their competitors against the other gangs.
Also, they pick on the people that they just don’t understand. I have to say they pick on people because they are scared of not knowing why they do it or why they are the way they are. This can lead to gang like activity and violence against different groups or people. I would have to say because of them I think more people in school are in to the crime that is today. In theory, they can cause a person to want to commit a crime from the bullying done to them.
They are more likely to be victims of crime, to get into drug abuse, and to fail at school. Members of street gangs offend at higher levels than their non-gang criminals and also a lot of gang’s are in the ruff areas of the UK. Very often young people’s gangs are loosely structured and do not have a clear leader. This is confusing because it makes it more difficult to distinguish what is a gang from what is simply a group of innocent young people. The gang’s are distinguishable from the group by their willingness to use violence, the importance attached to the defense of territory, and the fact that such groups are not there for a short time.
For example the majority of this criminal subculture will feel materially deprived, which they will blame of society not meeting their needs. They will then resort to crime in order to obtain this materialism. There is also many other cultures within this main sub culture, for example drug takers or hippies. These sub cultures offer a sense of ID to the individual and allows them to integrate into their new society which they may not have otherwise been able to do into main society. However, subcultures alone cannot explain the trend in crime and deviance there are many other factors contributing such as the individual.
University of Phoenix Crime Causation and Diversion paper CJA/374 Crime Causation and Diversion Paper There are many more juveniles in society today involving themselves in some form of illegal activity. There are varieties of signs, which are physical, emotional, social and academic that should be a concern of parents as these signs might be beginning of juvenile delinquency within our children. Academically there might be unexpected drops in grades, absenteeism, repeated tardiness, or other disciplinary problems, using exceptionally violent similes and subject matter in writing and art, Other early warning signs to look and include are; low self-esteem, a child from a dysfunctional family, and those connecting with undesirable peers. Although parents should keep in mind that not every slip mean a child is headed for delinquency. Emotionally those who have been teased, bullied, those who bully schoolmates are in jeopardy of using aggression towards others and themselves, those who have been sexually, physically or sexually abused.
This period is when one can either make it out to become a great adult in the future or become a total mess all together. This is as a result of the kind of groups that people tend to associate themselves with. Peer pressure is very common among the youth and therefore parents and guardians are required to guide their kids so as not to fall in the wrong group. However, there are children who are not lucky to have stable homes and therefore they get involved in antisocial activities that eventually lead to criminal acts. Some of the children end up being arrested and being sentenced to juvenile prisons.
These stereotypes are what some people class teens into automatically without getting to know them and seeing what their capabilities are. This is very dangerous as if stereotypes are give then the person could see it as an excuse for his or her behavior. In reality a person could just be going through a hard time but in the eyes of others they are showing the characteristics of a particular stereotype. In the media today teens are portrayed in a negative manner for example in a lot of soaps like “Home & Away” there is a bad boy theme at times. This is shown through the introduction of the River Boys gang.
They can eliminate them off buddy list and chat rooms, also. It often begins primary in school but has far reaching aspects into high school and beyond. Although Marrow defines cyber bulling as using technology to harm victims, Yang says” Bullying is one of the most significant school health problems among children and adolescents. Literature indicated that bullying is a ‘‘systematic abuse of power’’ in an asymmetric power relation between the victim and the bully” (2) The one being bullied usually belong to a physically or psychologically weaker minority group than the one that is Bulling. According to Lee (2013) bullies most often are repeated offenders to their victim.
Gang involvement is becoming a big issue today. It has been associated negatively with criminal acts and deviance. One of their major targets for recruitment are young teens to run their errands. In this essay I will talk about what it means to be in a gang and the different theories that could explain as to how and why young people are being involved into gang memberships and gang related crimes. I will be exploring Edwin Sutherlands Differential association and will talk about how gang and criminal behaviour is learned just like anything else.