Social Disorganization Theory and Gangs Term Paper

Social Disorganization Theory and Gangs
An examination of the role of social disorganization theory in conjunction with gangs.
# 103060 | 5,839 words | 17 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Apr 13, 2008 in Sociology (General)

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This paper looks at how criminal street gangs have created social disorder in various parts of the United States, prompting policymakers and politicians alike to face an unpleasant truth; they must realize the tremendous task ahead of them in preventing and suppressing gangs and their illegal and violent activities. It discusses how gangs are often of the majority of "urban minority underclass" and how they are often a result of dismal socioeconomic and social conditions. It concludes that social disorganization plays a major part in why youth of today (and even yesteryear) have and will continue to join gangs.

Prediction and Prevention
Recommended Criminal Justice Responses

From the Paper:

"Establishing public social control in schools to help bridge the gap between police and children and help them promote a collective efficacy in their community could be the first step. The other might be that churches, schools, and afternoon programs establish specially designed programs that help keep children away from trouble. The third policy might be that peers, families or relatives help to be involved. Promoting self-awareness and trust within the community will help keep collective efficacy down. Neighbors who look out for one another have a better chance of keeping out crime. Having trust in their public servant, (i.e. the police) will establish cohesiveness between the community and police. Community-watch programs can thus be established and lower the crimes within the community because there is trust amongst the community as well as with the police and vise versa."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cullen, F. T. & Agnew R. (2003). Criminological Theory: Past to Present. (Second Ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing Company.
  • Gettleman, J. (2006). Chased by Gang Violence, Residents Flee Kenyan Slum. Nairobi Journal for the New York Times. Retrieved 18-Nov-2006 from, also can be found at
  • Grabowicz, M., Merrell, M. & Piper Bach, P. (2005). H.R. 1279: Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act of 2005. Congressional Budget Office - Cost Estimate. Retrieved 18-Nov-2006 from
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  • House Ph.D., J. S. (2001). Social Isolation Kills, but How and Why? Psychosomatic Medicine 63:273-274. American Psychosomatic Society. Retrieved 16-Nov-2006 from

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