FInal Sociology Paper Version 2

FInal Sociology Paper Version 2 - John Smith November 25,...

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John Smith November 25, 2007 Professor Dowden Sociology 101 Gang Prevention Through Self-esteem and Self-concept Throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school children rigorously search for their niche in society. They try out new things and search for a sense of belonging. It is important for the community, family, recreational programs to engage students at a young age. Without the support of family and sense of belonging in recreational activities, children are more likely to join gangs, and engage themselves in drug use (Lees). In 1989, a study on Hispanic, low-income neighborhoods showed that one out of every three Hispanic students reported members of street gangs were enrolled in their schools ( Gangs and Victimization). Recreational activities, which include sports and after school programs, are extremely important in low-income cities and help to prevent the joining of gangs and other illegal activities. Children join gangs in search of love, discipline, and a sense of belonging (Lees). If children are already connected to a group such as sports, a drum circle, or to their community they will not feel the need to join a gang. Participant observation was the method used to study the culture of drumming and the people involved in the activity. It was easy to emerge into the drumming culture when working with the young children. They were open and welcoming into their community and schools. At this young age they had not yet started to label people according to their social class, race, or sex. It was a clean slate with the elementary children. Although the
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middle school children stereotyped me as a typical college student, they did not label me according to my gender, race, or social class and treated me as en equal (Henslin). Disadvantages of the participant observation were the assumptions made about the children due to their race. The assumption was that the children would not accept anyone of a different race or a higher social class. The assumption disappeared as the study progressed and was proven to be wrong. The “Free To Be Me” drum circle was started in 1999. Sabina, once a percussionist in Venice Beach, now gives to her community and helps many children develop a healthy self-esteem and self-concept. The drum circles encourage people to be themselves and to be free. Sabina teaches people in her circles to become one with the rhythm they hear. She believes that the beat of the drum relaxes an individual and releases the daily stresses in life (Sandoval). There were three sites involved in the Service learning assignment. The “Free To Be Me” drum circle, organized by Sabina
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