When we think about what makes up a gang there is so many attributes that it could consist of, there is one thing for sure and that is that the majority of gangs share the three same desires which are money, power and respect and they’ll get it by any means necessary. This essay will focus on how contemporary gangs have changed tremendously from those of the 1950s and 60s. I will draw upon the work of many academics including that of Albert Cohen and his idea that gangs are made up of ‘delinquent boys’. I will mainly be studying gangs in the UK with reference to American gangs and will explore how they have changed over time in regards to ethnicity, class, gender, representations, crime types and the influence of technology.
The Deadheads is a deviant subculture that is seen as unruly and scary at first glance, however, are very much the opposite. A subculture is defined as a part of a society that abides by different rules and beliefs. The Deadheads have their own beliefs, norms, symbols, and values that differentiate them from other music-based subcultures because of these. In the past “deviant subcultures” are associated with crime and conflict however in the case of Deadheads it’s the way that they stray from societal norms that have them labelled so.
There 's cycle of gun violence amongst young Black males in Oakland, California, there were 557 murders in Oakland earning the city the label of being the second most murderous city in California after Compton. In communities of color, teens are caught in a cycle of illegal activities involving gangs, drug trafficking, and deadly acts of violence associated with high emotions, retribution, and revenge By making people aware can create possible solutions to decrease gun violence in the young Black male demographic group. Gang involvement is on the rise and the main targets are youth and teens. Phycologytoday.com writer Raychelle Cassada Lohmann explains how “It 's an invasion that 's causing a war on the very streets we walk during the day.
The concept of egocentrism during adolescence along with the challenges experienced Adolescents often believe that others are always observing and evaluating them all the time (). This type of behaviour leads to adolescence feeling self-conscious around people and they worry about the way the look when they go out to certain places, labelled the imaginary audience and personal fable (). These two concepts are features on the development of adolescence and explanation of self-awareness and risk-taking. The purpose of this paper is to describe in in greater detail the definition and nature of egocentrism in adolescence. In particular the discussion of with a brief review of physical changes adolescence goes through along with the relationships
There are various factors that take part in a person joining a gang. For an example, a kid might want to join a gang because of their family. The family might not pay attention to the kid and might not show love and affection towards the kid, which causes the adolescent to move on, grow up, and join a gang. Kids join gangs for love. They want someone to take care of
According to (2013), since the 1980s, gangs have become more turf-oriented and sophisticated in operating retail drug trade and distribution nationwide as a primary source income (p. 153). Some gangs are motorcycle gangs, street gangs, and racial or non-racial oriented. Of course, as gang’s network and their numbers increase so does the violence. In fact, gang membership is expanding to rural and suburban areas from the urban communities to distribute drugs, recruit members, and to hide out from law enforcement and other gangs (Alder, Laufer, & Mueller, 2013, p.139). Researchers believe the numbers are rising due individuals who are looking for a thrill, belonging, and protection.
Gangs activities are frequently portray in the media , the exposure of gang violence have an negative impact on the minds of our youth in our communities . Gangs are described as groups that are involved in gang related crimes and other crimes , such as assaults , rape , and robberies . Gangs are mostly conform of people from the same race or ethnicity , the majority are males and are most likely to be young . The majority of the people that join this groups come from places where they suffer from economic disadvantage and dysfunctional families . One of the issue that is problematic in our society nowadays is the media coverage of gang activities .
GANG INFLUENCE ON LOCAL BUSINESSES Urban cities often contain areas with high amounts of poverty, and many members of these neighborhoods struggle to find employment and financially support their family. Most of the time, the parents of these families neglect and abuse their children. Desperate for acceptance, these children turn to gangs during their adolescence to find belonging. Once grown up, the kids often mimic the behavior of their parents and attempt to raise a child of their own without the proper finances. As a result, the cycle of unfulfilled potential continues, primarily caused by the street gangs.
With the introduction of cinema came the introduction of cinema-induced personalities and stereotypes. Often times people think that just because something appears in a movie multiple times that it is the same reality in real life. These thoughts can form many thoughts, whether they are positive or negative connotations. According to Kristine Wright (2004), she said that “the ‘gangsta image’ representing the ‘real’ black urban experience” (p.12). Through the realm of cinema, the introduction of the ‘gangsta image’ has become a prominent stereotype among young African American men and has shaped many people’s opinions through cinematic portrayals and musical acts which has affected the lives of the African American community even to
Where I reside, Silver Spring Maryland (Montgomery County), there are no gang related activities. I live in a suburban area and the law enforcement are very strict and the area is safe. However, gang crimes exist in Prince George's County and Baltimore City, Maryland. Maryland had passed ordinances prohibiting loitering, and many forms of aggressive public behavior, such as, consuming alcohol in public, throwing up gang signs and disturbing the peace by playing music too loud. Law enforcement police attempted to discourage gang membership by prohibiting behavior that relates to gang activities.