Gangs Essay

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Gangs
Works Cited Missing Gangs are a violent reality that people have to deal with in today's cities. What has made these groups come about? Why do some kids feel that being in a gang is an acceptable and prestigious way to live? There are many different theories to these questions. On the surface, gangs may appear to be shallow and materialistic; a result of human beings' personal wants, but there are speculations that are more profound. In reference to the way humans are influenced in society, there is valid evidence to distribute blame at negative forces of economic disadvantages, capitalism, and the media.

Along with gang membership comes easy gains for the gang member. The gang members are easily consumed with the money,
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Increasingly, children are being raised in homes disrupted by divorce and economic stress; too many children emerge "under socialized" and "under supervised." (Fox 117). Of all the negative influences that have affected gang members, the roots are found within below average economic situations. The people with less than adequate paying jobs are more inclined to poverty and thus subjected to more afflicted ways of life. Youth living these impoverished lives in lower class areas are more prone to joining gangs because they face it everyday. ¡°Poverty has a cumulative effect, and that burden feels the heaviest on the shoulders of the youngest and weakest children.¡±(Fleisher 248) In situations where children are in neither a good family nor have a stable financial situation, nor well supervised, it is very easy for them to divert to gangs. In a society where more than 57% of children do not have the necessary full-time supervision they need (Fox 117), these children tend to fulfill their desire to be part of a family by joining gangs. ¡°Often they [gangs] offer protection and acceptance to ghetto youths who come from broken homes with little security.¡±(Grinney 76) It has been proved that there is a correlation between the status of an individual's family, and the higher chance that individual has of joining a gang. "Key informants in this study who were regular gang members were found
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