Youth and Gangs Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Youth and Gangs
An essay on Louis Rodriguez' book, "Always Running" and the reasons he gives for youth involvement in gang life.
# 72863 | 900 words | 2 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2004 in English (Analysis) , Sociology (General) , Psychology (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This essay analyzes Louis Rodriguez' book, "Always Running", which discusses why minority youths often involve themselves in gangs, drug abuse, and crime, and what influences enabled Rodriguez to spare himself such a fate.

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"The reasons that Luis Rodriguez got into a gang are quite similar to the reasons that many minority and marginalized youths participate in gangs. Overcrowded, crime-ridden, drug-filled, poverty-afflicted neighborhoods that lack decent opportunities for education, employment and socialization typically act as pull factors for gang membership. The issues of education, employment, minority status, immigration and others take a toll on the self-worth of many individuals. Faced with a lack of opportunities, many find drug-dealing and self-destructive behaviors the one sure way of fitting in to such..."

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