Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The image of hundreds of men and women, standing in formation and saluting a fallen comrade, let Mr. It is this type of strength and unity in the face of potential risk that makes our society one of the best in the world.
Societies consist of a group of people who share an exclusive territory and a common culture. A culture "is the totality of learned, socially transmitted customs, knowledge, material objects, and behavior. Most members of a society share a common language, beliefs, values, symbols, and artifacts.
Another important characteristic of societies is their tendency to organize into social institutions. Among the most common are the family, faith organizations, schools, government, commerce, a military, justice system, and the like.
The social institutions are further characterized by their internal organization whereby members hold specific statuses what someone is and are expected to fulfill the roles what someone does in a given status attached to each.
Children a status are expected to follow orders and eat everything on their plate two of their many roles. Statuses are further differentiated in that one may have more power than another. For example, children a status are subordinate to fathers and mothers statuses. Why This is Important Understanding the nature of human society and culture is important because it helps us better understand gangs and the behavior of their members.
Gangs are a part of our society and have become a mini-society of their own within it. This mini-society, referred to as a subculture, is part of the larger society in which we live. Some examples of the thousands of other subcultures in American society are the deaf, doctors, students, the Amish, and Hispanics.
A subculture "is a segment of society that shares a distinctive pattern of In a sense, a subculture can be thought of as a culture existing within a larger, dominant culture.
The Sociological Characteristics of a Gang Gangs are groups of people who often have an exclusive territory and exhibit a common culture. To the extent that gangs are recognized as groups: This recognition is key to identifying an aggregate of people as a group.
Understanding that a gang may be viewed as a mini-society or subculture allows us to appreciate the importance some gangs place on their territorial boundaries.
In American society we have a dominant culture, one in which nearly everyone knows, for example, what the American flag, a college diploma, and a court house stand for - they are symbols for ideas, beliefs, and values we cherish as a society. Gangs, too, have symbols which represent the ideas, beliefs, and values they possess. Why Children Join Gangs. In the current society, the youth have found it hard to understand their life and individuals surrounding them. In quest to find out who they are, they find it easier to relate with people whom they share same traits. The gangs of the s, in Thrasher's view, originated out of the failure of society's "directing and controlling institutions" to provide the boys with wholesome alternatives. He traced the rise of the gangs to the "disintegration" of family life, schools, and religion, as well as to the corruption and indifference of local politicians.
While for some the boundaries are defined as turf i. With heavy doses of drugs often mixed into gang life, turf wars have become drug territorial wars. Turf, in some cases, means more than the place where the gang congregates.
The culture of a gang is imparted from one generation to the next through a process called socialization. As indicated in our characterization of a society, norms are behavioral expectations. The norms of a gang define which behaviors are expected and accepted among its members.
Violations of the norms, depending upon their level of importance to members of the gang, may result in punishments which range from minor to severe. Understanding this allows us to understand gangs more fully and provides insights into the response of gang members to violations of their norms.
For example, you may know that disrespecting slang: Respect is a cherished value, so disrespecting a gang or gang member violates a cherished norm. Similarly, members of a gang often share a common language, beliefs, values, symbols, and artifacts.
Every society has a common language, both verbal and non-verbal. Gangs, too, have a language of their own. Nearly every group develops its own argot - its own special language. Doctors have one, lawyers have one, mothers have one, baseball players have one.
Gangs also have an argot of their own. Gardner, p. So are certain words gang members use, each often unique to the gang of which they are a member. Understanding how gang members communicate allows us to understand what they are communicating.
Likewise, if the number is used it may be communicating information about a murder or intended murder the number "" is the California state penal code number for murder.
He identified what he believed to be problematic about this music by noting that "It glorifies gangs and related gang values, attitudes and behavior.
It dignifies violence against society, the police - particularly against black police - and against rival gangs. It is racist, furthers the myth of the superiority of black, male, sexual prowess and embraces misogynous thinking by referring to women with derogatory words, putting them down, and supporting their abuse.
And it exhibits and supports a disregard for the value of life. Gangs, too, have symbols which represent the ideas, beliefs, and values they possess.Myth # 9: Youth who join gangs are looking for respect, power and quick ways to make money.
Not really. My experience with hundreds and hundreds of boys and girls who joined gangs, expressed to me that their number one reason for why they joined was because they were sad, broken hearted, unappreciated, neglected and simply unhappy at home. Racism Doesn’t Work Both Ways and Neither Does Cultural Appropriation by Jenn M.
Jackson · Published August 13, · Updated April 12, Sometimes people ask me really moronic questions. Denial that you were not aware of kids in public schools who are gang members starting at elementary school. Denial that for some reason we are immune to the effects of criminal gangs and that there cannot be any gang members in our everyday lives.
The gangs of the s, in Thrasher's view, originated out of the failure of society's "directing and controlling institutions" to provide the boys with wholesome alternatives. He traced the rise of the gangs to the "disintegration" of family life, schools, and religion, as well as to .
Critics of anti-gang laws also argue that just because gang members are unpopular to a large segment of society does not give society the right to restrict their right to association. Young white suburbanites did not fail to appreciate the nuances of "the life," and gangster slang and fashion overran white America, much to the distress of.
In American society we have a dominant culture, one in which nearly everyone knows, for example, what the American flag, a college diploma, and a court house stand for - they are symbols for ideas, beliefs, and values we cherish as a society. Gangs, too, have symbols which represent the ideas, beliefs, and values they possess.