A World Of Gangs Armed Young Men Analysis

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In A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men, written by John Hagedorn, the audience sees the connection Hagedorn’s makes between politics, socioeconomic status, racism, and it’s unwavering resistance to change. Street gangs are complex and cannot be reduced to simplistic pathologies, especially with the lack of research and unexplored history by scholars. The book focuses on the more social-cultural psychological concepts, stating straight off the bat that street gangs are not apart of “a subset of “social pathology,”’ but rather should be classified as “’urban history, street politics.’” The strong statement is a good indicator of how Hagedorn shoots down many myths regarding street gangs and the way scholars view them. The book is hardly limited to gangs, but also unnecessary suffering. Hagedorn decisively captures the toll it takes on the human psyche and how that perpetuates street gangs. The psychological topics that were most prevalent in the book were those regarding alienation, survival tactics, and identity crisis/role in society.
It is important to know an author’s background to understand their interest and knowledge. John Hagedorn has been interested in street gangs for some
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The gang mentality of surviving by any means necessary is very attractive for susceptible youth. Gangs are a coping mechanism for poor minorities to be able to endure the despair of persistent inequalities. And have gotten incredible adept to adapting to changing environments (police repression or civil war). “Marginalized people and ethnic groups have consciously or unconsciously lost their faith in “progress,” as they are confronted by the cold permanence of racism and oppression,” explains Hagedorn. “In response, millions of young people have turned away from secular, Western identities and toward nationalism, ethnicity, or militant

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