Summary Of Rivalry Among Other Gangs By Padilla

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Another example to illustrate Padilla’s thesis is rivalry among other gangs. Their gangs were under constant threat of invasion and take-over by other gangs. Engaging in rivalry among other gangs led to criminal acts. These youngsters would have to defend what they believed was their property. In other words, these youngsters did not want other gangs to take over their property. In some cases, violence may occur when the gang must shield itself from the threats of others (Padilla 1996: 13). This example supports Padilla’s thesis because these youngsters are unable to connect with other peers and other gangs, so they turn to their gang to defend what is rightfully their
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