For the culture of a gang, being relevant means a lot because that puts the gang in the spotlight and adds even more to the gangs reputation. When a gang is not relevant this can mean two things: one would be that the gang has lost confidence and is disbanded, and the second would be that the gang will become more violent, committing large scale acts of unlawful deeds ... ... middle of paper ... ...o take stress on individuals with a higher chance of breaking they resort to gangs to protect and strengthen them. The cons of being in a gang would be that you have to stay loyal to the gang, if they ask you to murder someone close to you because they got in the way or is part of another gang, can cause a role conflict. Breaking rules of the gang would get you either killed or beaten for a certain amount of time. Though gang life does have structure, it can easily overwhelm a new member.
These groups often become substitute families, providing a what the individuals feels they are lacking. Gangs often get their names from the location of their gang or the crimes that they commit. Many crimes include armed robbery, gun related crimes. Murder, assault, and many more. Gangs are often loosely structured with constantly changing leaders and varying membership.
As time has gone on, the word gang has grown to be a word that many worry about when they hear it. It seems a “gang” has evolved from just being a group of people to a group of people that associate in criminal or other antisocial purpose. Street gangs have become the primary distributors of illegal drugs on the streets, Gang members smuggle and transport drugs within the country, and many use juveniles to do their “dirty work” due to the high risks of getting arrested. Juveniles do not receive a sentence a grown adult would in court; which leads to many gangs persuading juveniles into joining their “Family”. The discovery of many juveniles gang related tattoos does not come as a surprise due to the large amounts of street gangs in the street that pursue teenager’s to join their associations.
These specific areas are located in communities that are at a poverty level, toxic areas, or environments where immigration is at it's highest. Law enforcement officials figure that these sorts of patterns bring out the characteristics of gang violence. It is known that an individual who wants to become a gang member must commit a violent crime in order to test their level of seriousness and faithfulness to their fellow brothers or, as they are known, "bloods". With the crime being committed by an individual, the physical features of a true gang member start to appear. Members or "brothers" are often easily recognized by their walk, tattoos, clothes, and colors of their clothes.
A gang can be defined as a group of people who unite to serve a common purpose and engage in violent or otherwise criminal behavior. (http://www.ci.torrance.ca.us) The types of crimes committed by gang members differ between gangs, but the crimes generally associated with gangs include vandalism, robbery, drug-trafficking, assault, arson, and murder. There are many reasons why teenagers may join gangs. The root causes of violent gang formation are poverty, stressed families, unemployment, under-employment, under-education, racism, and the breakdown of sociocultural institutions. (http://www.instanet.com) Many people join gangs for protection from violent people in other gangs.
This procedure well test their courage and fighting abilities. A gang has a leader which is the strongest and most active member. Gangs claim a specific part of the neighborhood or territory and get recognized by the gang name, graffiti, or crimes against the rivals such as robberies, assaults, and narcotics sales. Gangs adopt names that are relevant to there neighborhoods such as street names, valleys, and occasionally regional names. As for the gang members they receive their nicknames when they are recruited.
Essay: Gangs Violence. A gang is a name created by a group of people, to fight for what they believe in, by using violence. Gang violence has always existed, however it has being growing noticeably in today 's society. There are the many types of gangs in the world, but the most popular gang are the Mara Salvatrucha gang and the Latin Kings gang. In each gang there are positive and negative effect of being part of a gang, plus society.
In the study done by Alleyne and Wood (2010), gang members often commit more crime against people in comparison to individual criminals as they are influenced in committing crime by their peers. Some of these gang members would commit crime to gain higher ranking within the gang, or use it as a means to prove their worth to the gang. However, amount of violence these gang members would commit would vary depending on their rank and status. Anti-authority attitudes are also developed by a gang member once he is a part of the group; however, this may vary in gravity depending on the experiences held by the member when engaging with the authorities. If they engaged with these authorities properly, it would lessen the degree of anti-authority.
Often individuals form gangs out of fear and for the protection of their members whether they are the Bloods and Crips of Los Angeles or the Sharks and the Jets of "West Side Story." Gangs may not possess a set of formal written rules, but all of them have their own sets of customs or conditions. Gangs may or may not be facilitated in a branch of higher and lower members, mimicking a military model. Gangs often have a loosely defined set of goals, and are often involved in delinquent activities. A socially approved form of a gang is a club.
The ages of people who join gangs start from the ages of 8 ranging all the way to 22. Typically, you will see gang members wearing specific clothing in order to be unified and recognized as part of the group. For example, if you were a member of a street gang known as the Crips you would expect to be seen wearing mainly blue or purple clothing and/or bandanas. This signifies pride and uniformity; it makes a bold statement that you belong to this group of people. Because gangs are mostly violent and disruptive, the initiations can be brutal.