Essay about Juveniles Join Gangs : A Sociological Lens

1442 Words Dec 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Through a sociological lens, when it comes to juveniles joining gangs there are many factors to take into account that influence this aspect of joining. When a juvenile decides to joins a gang he encounters personal contentment on the following areas; acceptance, sense of belonging, success, personal support, power, control, and an essence of family bond that supports that juvenile and is viewed as a valuable member of the group. A main theory that helps explain why juveniles join a gang was learned from class lectures and the textbook, which is the shaming theory. Shaming theory consists of two different types, and the one that is prevalent to this issue is called disintegrative shaming theory. Juveniles join gangs for a number of different reasons, as well as attachment of their social class, and how they are continuously labeled negatively.

There are a variety of possibilities as to why juveniles join a gang in the first place. Those possibilities can include: gangs can appear to be flashy and appealing, offer a sense of belonging, underachieve in school and sports, lack of a loving family life, and for survival purposes. Further, other reasons why juveniles join gangs are due to gain recognition, and go in opposition of the expected norms. Similarly, children who come from families that have substance abuse challenges join gangs at an even earlier stage to gather the basic necessities that lack in their families. Such necessities being: shelter, family bond,…

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