Gangs, and Deviance

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You think of a group of hoodlums who tote guns, sell drugs, and ruin neighborhoods as thugs, and gang members. These are things not tolerated or seen as good in society so it’s considered a violation of social norms. A street gang is group of people that form an allegiance based on various social needs and engage in acts that can cause harm to public health and safety. Members of street gangs engage in, or have engaged in gang-focused criminal activity either individually or as a group, they create and fear and intimidation in the community. They are punished by society and the consequences are different depending on the types of crimes committed. Societies “punishments” on the crime committed is what sociologist consider deviance; and when people label someone or a certain group such as gangs they then become deviant. I’m examining the deviance of gangs. America has gotten special forces such as the f.b.i and others to track down gang members, track gang activities, and cracked down on the drug game which was mostly ran by gangs in some areas so there should be no controversy over a gangs activity being deviant. There are foreign countries such as some arab or muslim races who have gangs, like the al-qaeda who terrorize places and nothing is done by the country that they’re in. People say that gangs are becoming more and more deviant as the generations continue go on. Gangs that violate social norms will always be considered deviant in any society be cause everyone feel terrorized and want them out for their own safety. The gang activity seen today has grew gradually from the gangs that started in the 1920’s. Street gangs in the U.S. arose with Italian immigrants related to the Sicilian Mafia and others. These street gangs in New York City stole and killed to get what they wanted. One of the most famous street gang members was Al Capone, who later moved to Chicago in 1919 to help keep the other gangsters in order. Street gangs of this type were quite popular in the 1920s and 1930s (internet 1).Later, other immigrants and poor youth followed the trend set by this earlier generation. Hispanics, Asians and African Americans began banding together to form gangs in the 1950s and 1960s. By the 1970s and 1980s, there were national gang alliances, with gangs moving out of Los Angeles and New York City, and spreading across the country, with affiliates in many towns, as well as drug routes to finance gang activities. Gang violence between opposing bands, as well as senseless violence, flourished. Lets not forget about the infamous Ku Klux Klan gang that committed over hundreds of hate crimes against African Americans because they believed they were more superior and just better human beings than them. Gangs have been in existence every since the rise of humanity in all actuality. Humans have always banded together for mutual protection and support and to better dominate others. Gangs have always provided a way for people to more effectively get what they want, especially if it comes to force. And weaker members of society gravitate toward gangs that they feel can offer a sense of community and protection from others. The word “thug”, though, comes from India. In about 1200 CE, the word was used to describe a group of criminals that pillaged country towns. The thugs had their own slang, rituals and signs to help identify other members and create their own tight-knit society. Gangs today have similar practices of creating their own sub-language, symbols, handshakes and other identifiers (internet 1). Gangs were even around in the 18th century: “During the eighteenth century, on November Fifth of each year, thousands of racially-diverse ruffians from Boston’s two most notorious gangs would fill the streets in celebration of Guy Fawkes’s foiled attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605 (popularly known as the Gunpowder Plot)”; “These were the North End and South End gangs, and their elaborate pageantry and ceremony must have been quite...
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