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Soc 380 Outline and Proposal Jarvis Winter 2014

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Florencia Silveira SOC 380 – Sec 1 February 18 th , 2014 Women and Street Gangs Last semester I took a Racial-Minority Group Relations class; one of the books we read in class,  talking about savages versus civilization, referred to city gangs as the new rough fighting that is  uncharacteristic of modern society and is a key feature of savages in ancient times. This bold statement  caught my attention; then I went to Washington, D.C. for a week and saw real gangs for the first time in  my life. I was going out to dinner close to the White House and I saw a group of teenagers, all wearing  black; there were two girls and about ten males. The two girls were walking in the middle of the crowd,  with males walking on both sides and in front and behind them. These men were protecting the women;  gang members, some of the most violent members of society, were protecting the women that belonged to their same group. Gang members still make a distinction based on gender.  I think gang violence is one of the most important and unaddressed crimes in the United States  today. Gang affiliation starts at a very young age and sets teenagers on the path to a criminal and violent  life. We see gang activity portrayed on television, books, and movies all the time, but I think it’s safe to  say that those representations, while not completely accurate, do have some truth to them. Once I went to  the Utah state prison to talk to inmates with a high school law enforcement class, and many of them were  once involved with gangs, even while in prison. Gang membership puts young people into situations  where violence and hostility are not deviant; if anything, not being aggressive would be seen as deviant. 
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