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Unformatted text preview: neighborhood. Within the gang, illegitimate goals (as seen from societies stand point) become legitimate for the gang members. Secondary groups The Characteristics of Secondary Groups a. Secondary groups are more impersonal . b. They are more specialized (i.e., goal oriented -- Examples include classes and/or a job). c. They are more temporary . d. They are usually larger . e. They require less of an emotional commitment . Example: Part-time waiters in a college dinning hall. Reference Groups Reference groups represent the standards people use to evaluate themselves and others . They can include the family, members of a church, people in the neighborhood, teachers, classmates, or co-workers (see Henslin, 1999:153)....
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