A Beautiful Yet Destructive Creation Essay

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A Beautiful Yet Destructive Creation
Not all street gangs are made for wrong doing. Many people might think down on the creation of gangs but it is a part of survival in their region. Street gangs, which pull peers into gangs for protection and social status, assemble to protect their neighborhood, family and friends from other street gangs thus causing rising crime rate and innocent people dying because of this.
First off, there are a few definitions for gangs because authorities had a hard time explaining what a gang even is. “Walter Miller (1982:313) contrasts gangs with law violating youth groups, which he defines as “an association of three or more youths whose members engage recurrently in illegal activities with the cooperation and moral support of their companions.” This definition of law – violating youth groups does not include structure or territory, two important elements of Miller’s definition of youth gangs. Spergel (1984:200) similarly defined delinquent groups as “an association of two or more youths, usually between the ages of ten and seventeen years, who are engaged in acts defined as illegal.” Groups of youths considered deviant youth groups (and no one knows for certain the extent to which these groups referred to as gangs) did not exist in any large number in the United States until the nineteenth century, although one report notes that they were found in some area during colonial time (Sanders,1970). During the latter part of the nineteenth century…

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