MS-13 Gang Movie Analysis

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During the film, we got to review the lifestyle of an MS-13 gang members. This is a highly organized street gang that works throughout the United States and central America, and noted more recently throughout the entire world. Many of the activities that these gang members participate in on a daily basis is considered to be deviant behavior. Some of these activities include drug dealing, drug smuggling, extortion, robbery, assault, bribery, rape, and murder just to name a few. All of these actions are to be considered deviant by the general public because they are violating the norms of our society. Some may ask, why is this group of people so deviant? The answer that I can come up with is that these are all part of their daily life. These …show more content…
The activities that the gang participates in are certainly different than the activities that population I share relationships with partake in. As stated before, the gang is involved in a lot of violence, drug dealing, drug smuggling, and other illegal activities. This lifestyle the gang has chosen to live defies many norms and laws of our society. These actions begin to help people formulate opinions about the gang and the life they live. In return, a stereotype is generally formulated to classify the gang, maybe even all gangs. Another thing that alters the view of gangs is that because of these stereotypes and assumptions, the gang begins to develop a stigma around their gang and what they do. This stigma alters our perception of a person, or a gang, before we actually know their full story. For example, people may hear of what this gang does and begins to solely blame it 's members for the life they lead. They may thing that it is all their choice whether to stay in the gang or not, when in reality you are killed if you leave. They may also think that every male in the gang is a rapist, just because they heard that is what they do. So once a stigma is around a group of people it is really hard to change simple minded people of these opinion, that in which they pass off as facts. Many of these gang members probably want no more than to feed themselves and their families, just like we do. The only difference is that we go about it the legal way, and …show more content…
The reason this is so easy is because the institutionalized means of meeting cultural goals in the gang are all achieved by committing illegal activities. Once a member of the gang is convicted or accused of committing a bad enough crime they are sentenced to do time in jail, just like you and I. This time in jail is to serve as a way to discipline the public and work as part of the control theory. As stated above though, the control theory generally does not apply to MS-13. Instead of this time being a reflection of the wrong thing they have done, it serves as a time of education for many. The gang is constantly committing crimes and therefore, prisons are filled with these gang members. Some may stay months, years, tens of years, and some even stay for life. In return the members of the gang who commit crimes and end up in prison for a short period of time get to interact with more violent and unethical members of the gang. This gives them opportunity to gain knowledge from a resource they may not have come in contact with on the outside. Once this education takes place, the younger criminal is now more educated on gang banging as a lifestyle. Eventually, his or her sentence will be up, and then we release and even more violent and unethical criminal back on to the streets, who by the way is still affiliated with the gang and their activities. This system begins a vicious cycle for creating

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