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William 1 of 1 Gangs have become a ubiquitous and frightening feature on the American landscape. In a society in which familial and cultural institutions have broken down, gang norms and relationships can replace those that are no longer available elsewhere. One particularly horrifying gang activity is known as “wilding.” This is savage violence without comprehensible motive like robbery or personal antagonism, perpetrated on victims seemingly chosen at random. Wilding crimes, like the widely publicized near fatal attack on a jogger in New York’s Central Park which occurred in the spring of 1985, seen to be engaged in for fun and amusement. Most gangs are not organized around violence as a central principle, nor are most incidences of gang violence examples of wilding. Rather, violence occurs more often in the service of economic, turf-protection, or group cohesion reasons. Similarly, many gang members are not primarily antisocial on orientation. They are capable of love, loyalty, and conformity to rules-the rules of the gang rather than the rules of the larger society.
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