The Influence of Geography and Social Networks on Gang Violence

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Gang violence is becoming a known threat in our country. Gang violence is defined as a group of people by repetitive socializing individuals or close friends with recognizable influence and inner coordination. These gangs will claim full control over a region in a community, town, or specific area which will lead to the involvement of violent crimes and unlawful behavior as a group or even by oneself. Since these gangs are increasing in size in communities, citizens of certain areas are beginning to move out or avoid going to these locations in order to avoid becoming the next victim to one of the community gangs waiting to engage in their next deviant act. These specific areas are located in communities that are at a poverty level,…show more content…
This type of research fits into a larger understanding of the study of how deviance and social control are related to the size of the gang. The number of gang members can create a form of social control in a specific location due to the population that resides in that area. If a gang outweighs the number of residents in that corporate limit, then that type of environment will eventually be labeled as deviant or the residents will have two options to maintain protected: move out of that site or join the gang in their violent actions. The study of deviance and social control is also stereotyped with what the average American perceives the typical gang member to look like, which is African Americans or Latinos that only interact with or violate social norms within their same ethnic group. We have distinguished that gang members do not associate only with those of their race, but also with those gangs which are similar to them in number of members, number of crimes committed given a certain time frame, and types of crimes that are committed over all; also known as that type of gang’s “speciality”. The Influence of Geography and Social Networks on Gang Violence clarifies that the data comes together and binds the relationship of gang member race and affiliation which discusses, “Racial clustering suggests that
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