Levitt's Influence On Gangs

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I think the key aspect of viewing gangs and the young people they influence is keeping in mind how they are inducted into gangs and how they are contained in them. Now, I have never experienced this system personally. I've only seen into this world through media; which, as we know, can be wildly inaccurate and rarely provides the full story. But I think that's where the importance of Levitt's credibility comes into play. How did he know what gangs were like on the inside? Are we really able to trust his opinion because he is viewing the gangs, drugs, and violence in the same way we are; through the media and through another person? That's where I find it so interesting that he was able to come off as a knowledgeable source when dealing with
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