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Corey Krogman Joseph Wallace Sociology 122 GI March 1, 2011 A Struggle In The Slums One common element in the social infrastructure of many of the world's largest modern cities is the street gang. These street gangs offer a strong psychological sense of community, a physical and psychological neighborhood, a social network, and social support for those in less- than ideal situations. By providing an alternative social structure replacing many of the roles traditionally fulfilled by the family, these social structures serve to perpetuate an antisocial, criminal undercurrent. Understanding the basis of the street gang will serve a critical role in any attempt to reduce or eliminate what has become a source for much of the criminal activity in today's global society. When examining the two films we picked to compare and contrast, we are introduced to personal stories riddled with inherent gang violence throughout underdeveloped areas of Third World countries. These two films, City of God and Sin Nombre, are both examples of what can happen to an area if left untended and neglected, forced to establish means of rule and sustenance by their own devices. As stated by Kloby in Inequality, Power, and Development , “The abstract problems of underdevelopment and exploitation manifest themselves concretely as poverty, hunger, illness, and death in much of the Third World” (p 222). These pandemic issues are very much a product of the unequal distribution of resources, wealth, and power that have come to
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shape today’s global welfare. Brazil, the setting for City of God , is one of the top Third World countries exporting food but still there are tens of millions starving as a result of insufficient food sources for citizens. Kloby points out that, “It has been estimated that in Brazil the rich consume seventeen times more than the poor” (223). These disparities in distribution are furthering
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