The break down of neighborhood relation and social institutions create a higher likely hood that young people will affiliate with deviant peers and get involved in gangs. When there is lack of social controls within a neighborhood the opportunity to commit deviance increases and the exposure to deviant groups such as street gangs increase. Which causes an increase in the chances of young people joining street gangs. If social controls are strong remain strong within a neighborhood and/or community the chances of young people committing crime and joining gangs decreases. Many young people join street gangs due to weak family relationships and poor social control.
Many societies with high reported cases of mob activities frequently see youths link with a bunch of criminals just for endurance. For many, it is better to connect with the mob that to stay vulnerable and defenseless in their localities (Klein & Maxson, 2006). For many being connected to mob guarantees sustenance in case of assault and retaliation for wrongdoings. While the young people with a good family unit often feel protected hence they desire not to link with
Violence is the worst aspect of gang life because it keeps getting worse as gangs keep growing larger. Violent acts are the biggest reason society has a negative outlook on gang life. But young gang members don’t start out using violent acts to get attention but by simple crimes like shoplifting. Even though shoplifting is a crime that puts people in jail, it seems like an easy way for attention for young kids. Shoplifting is also a very addicting activity because it’s a rush for the people that do it.
Gang Violence The man on the corner of the sidewalk with all his boys is what most people think of a gang. Being disrespectful to people walking by on the street is what some kids are going to do. Gang members are going to try and make a lasting impression on younger kids. They want to look and act cool to draw them into a whole group of illegal activities. It has always been a problem with gangs influencing kids to do the crime.
With no economic power, these teenagers often turn to violence as an alternate from of power. With all the violence out on the streets, gangbangers do not ... ... middle of paper ... ...for the purpose of being “hard.” At first, it may be fun and games, but when real gangbangers confront them, they are in serious danger. Many middle-class gang members usually back down because they are afraid of confronation from a real hard-core gangbanger. Middle-class gang members do not have the same mentality as hard-core gangbangers. Suburban gangsters have something to live for while inner city gangsters feel that they do not.
Gang involvement and its associated violent crime have become a rapidly growing problem for the United States. Generally, gangs consist of young people of the same ethnic, racial, and economic background. Usually of a low socio-economic status, these gangs engage in illegal money making activities and intimidate their neighborhoods and rival gangs with violent crimes and victimization. Gang members exemplify a high value for group loyalty and sacrifice. Gangs often target youth when recruiting new members, with the average age of initiation being 13 years old (Omizo, Omizo, and Honda).
These influences are not always good, in fact results show that when youth joins a gang and become a member they end up committing more delinquent behavior then they did before their involvement. In similar results claims the same to be true for affiliation with delinquent peers. As a society we must be aware of the needs of our youth or more and more youths will choose the friends wrong friends to hang around as well as the wrong group to associate
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Youth don’t want to seem weak or vulnerable, so joining a gang is easier than to remain vulnerable and unprotected in their neighborhoods (Gang Alternatives Program). It is not just the streets, but also in the household there can be violence or abuse. The violence or abuse in the household can cause a teenager to see unsafe and think that joining a gang will make them tougher. Low in her article says, “A feeling of lack of safety in a high crime hood, availability of firearms can influence kids to join gangs”. Youth need to make sure they feel safe and if their hood if full of violence then they are more likely to join a
The social bonding theory stated by Hirschi suggests that, weak social bonds to parents, schools, and other institutions of socialization lead to crime (Riedel, 2011, pg. 94). First, when it comes to the institution of family, youth are more likely to become involved with gang activity if they do not have a strong bond with their family. For example youth growing up with only one parent, grandparents, or foster parents as opposed to a two parent home are more likely to become offenders (Riedel, 2011, pg.94). When applying this to youth’s involvement in gang activity, if the social bond to a youth’s family is weak this may result in looking for that family type bond from a street gang and its members.