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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- Spring '08
- Sociology, Gang, Youth Street Gang, adolescent gang member, weak friendship ties