Guns and gangs Mid Term Study Guide Fall 07

Guns and gangs Mid Term Study Guide Fall 07 - Name _...

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Name ____________________________________ According to Curry and Spergel, a street gang is defined as "a group or collectivity of persons engaged in significant illegitimate or criminal activities, mainly threatening and violent." According to Geis, the early English usage of the term gang was "a going, a walking, or a journey." The most recent estimates suggest that there are over 25,000 gangs and over 800,500 gang members. A 2005 survey indicated that California reported the largest number of gangs. Researchers have discovered the following gang member types: temporary, auxiliary, wannabe, situational, and O.G's. Wannabe is a term gang members use to describe persons who have begun to emulate gang members in terms of dress, gang values, etc. Three of the six main reasons for joining a gang according to Jankowski are: physical protection, material reasons, and a time to resist. According to Jankowski, gangs that present themselves as organizations that are the "in" thing to belong to is using the “fraternity” recruitment strategy. type of
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