The Structural And Psychological Aspects Of Gangs

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Psychological Aspects of Gangs A study conducted at the University of Southern California found that in America, ninety-four percent of the country’s major cities and over one thousand cities all together have recorded gang activity in their communities. But, what is a gang? A gang is a group of people whose members recognize themselves and are recognized as such by their community. Characteristics of a gang are a recognized leader or group of leaders; membership with initiation requirements and rules for its members; owned territory; standard tattoos or clothing; standard colors; private slang; and a group name (Vollmer).” Why do most adolescents join gangs? The structural and psychological factors, lack of love and protection. Viewing gang banging as a game, and the media (music and television) are all answers to this question. But, not only adolescents join gangs. Grown men and females also initiate themselves into these so called “families”. Structural factors come from the fact that most American street gangs consist of minorities, the young and usually males, and are found in the lower or middle class sections of their cities. The most fundamental part of the structural factor is many poor minority neighborhoods are not based around work as they used to. The psychological factors have a much bigger effect on society. Psychological factors are to an extent to a product of the structural factors. The psychological factors are your status needs,
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