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1. Describe the life-cycle stages of a typical gang. They have weak friendship ties and lack organization so there is a lot of turnover. Most young people do not remind in gangs for long periods. One half to two thirds of adolescent gang member are in for a year or less. Few members consider themselves core members. These gangs change much over time also. At the beginning they can have a vertical structure; its members were all the same age group and what not. They were initially not criminal and slowly but surely got more active in those things. Once they start initiating other people things start to become more horizontal. As things go on they take part in less illegal activity openly because members get arrested and put in jail
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Unformatted text preview: 2. What are the factors associated with gang involvement? From the book there are three characteristics that distinguish the American youth street gang from a typical youth group. The following are the three characteristic: Self-definition, street socialization, and the potential to become quasi-institutionalized. Self-definition comes into play because a gang will start referring to themselves as a gang, dress alike, use the same slang, same tattoos, etc. They are socialized by people aka the streets much more than the conventional way by parents or schooling. And basically they start to work like a business, with training, initiation, recruiting, everything....
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2010 for the course SOC 135 taught by Professor Douglasklayman during the Spring '08 term at GWU.

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