Masculinity Case Study

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The aim of this dissertation was to discover the impact of masculinity on black male’s gang members in the UK and the USA. In general, it was found that youth gangs are not only deeply entrenched in the USA, but it has spread into a global problem and the UK was no exception to this. However, there are significant differences remain in the way gangs are defined in both the UK and the USA, and as a result, there seems to be no fixed definition of the term. In addition, researchers highlight the problems of having varied definitions, claiming that innocent young people tend to labelled as gang members even when they are hanging out with peers on the street as gang members. Furthermore, after researching the variations of definitions provided…show more content…
Research showed how black males experienced blocked opportunities for achieving the prescribed masculine roles set by the white patriarchy society, Anderson (1999) notes how black male gang members are following what he calls the code of the street as a way for them to show that they are real men and obtain street credibility, respect or social and cultural capital within the community. Finally, the dissertation looked the benefits and consequences of desistance from gang membership. Becoming a parent was highlighted as a major turning point for most gang members, as this did not only allow them to seek a better future for themselves and family but they were able to portray their masculine identity in a positive light e.g. finding legitimate jobs, teaching their children what it means to be a real man etc. However, the research found that desisting from gangs is not as easily compared to joining gangs, thus, many gang members find themselves drawn back to the gang lifestyle. Hence, there is a need for the government to produce SMART intervention programs to meet the criminogenic needs of these young gang members and provide resources that will enable gang members to desist from
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