Family Dynamics of Gangs Term Paper by Nicky

Family Dynamics of Gangs
A brief discussion of the aspects of family relationships offered by modern urban street gangs.
# 145124 | 759 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2010 in Criminology (Organized Crime Studies) , Sociology (General)

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The paper presents the argument that the element of quasi-family relationships within urban gangs accounts for their relative popularity in underprivileged communities and also for their long-term resistance to efforts at reducing their influence. The paper reveals that gangs recruit members from the late-childhood age group, with the effect that gang members are literally socialized and raised by their elder fellow gang members in exactly the same manner as other children are socialized and raised by their biological families.


From the Paper:

"In contemporary American society, the image of gangs is almost always very negative, mainly because today's gangs are predominantly, if not exclusively, criminal in nature. Typically, urban gangs engage in extensive criminal activity ranging from petty theft, street-level drug sales, and armed robbery of persons to involvement of large-scale criminal narcotics distribution, weapons dealing, and murder (Pinizzotto, Davis, et al., 3-4). In that respect, modern street gangs may differ somewhat from many of the street gangs prevalent in American society five or six decades ago. One could argue that the latter were more functions of primary deviance with a certain involvement in periodic secondary forms of deviance (Macionis, 2003), because virtually all contemporary gangs are so heavily and continually involved in and dependant on serious criminal activities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Henslin, James. Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. Boston: Allynand Bacon, (2002).
  • Macionis, John. Sociology 9th Ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, (2003).
  • Pinizzotto, Anthony; Davis, Edward; Miller, Charles. "Street Gang Mentality: A Mosaic of Remorseless Violence and Relentless Loyalty." FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Sep. 2007: 1-7.

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