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    Chapter 4 Socioeconomic Explanations of  Gangs
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    Socioeconomic Explanations Last chapter, we discussed several  theoretical explanations for gangs Often, the reasons someone chooses to  join a gang come down to simple  socioeconomic factors Many often join because they find  gangs exciting - it gives them a ‘rush’
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    Traditional Socioeconomic  Factors The Shifting Labor Market A prime motivator for nearly all actions is  security Security is best accomplished through  economic means - money. As the labor market has changed, many  are cut off from economic success, and  turn to gangs to feel secure
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    Traditional Socioeconomic  Factors The Underclass The extremely poor, living in areas with  poverty rates over 40%. Residents are generally poorly educated,  ‘unskilled’, have experienced generational 
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