Reymundo Sanchez Case Study

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What evidence did you see that learning theory was applicable to explaining why/how the author became delinquent? Which specific learning theories are useful in explaining his delinquency and the criminal behavior of others in the story? Which types of delinquency were a direct result of learning from intimate others?
• Reymundo Sanchez will growing up in an abusive household. His step-father beat him and his mother would finish him off. In the book you will realize that these harsh living environments manipulated Sanchez behavior. From the ongoing beatings he received on the daily is the reason who he later become Lil Loco. Lil Loco was a young man who feared anyone who threaten his life therefore he will black out and attack. Due to his
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Were the gangs able to fill needs not met by other means?
• The gangs offered acceptance he never got at home. Some gang members even served as father figures to him. The gang offered him fun and excitement. He felt free when he was with them and away from home. The gang welcomed him and help he escape the horrible reality that was his life even if it meant participating in deviant activities. The gangs were able to fill needs not met by other means by providing a strong feeling of belonging, respect and love.
Other than the above question, why else did the author become interested in hanging out with gang members? Why do you think he ultimately joined a
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How important were issues like loyalty, revenge, respect, and violence (give an example from the reading)?

How did gang affiliation change the authors’ view of the police? Give an example from the reading.
• When Sanchez use to encounter the police he used to think they were friendly. It was a time in Chicago when the policy was raiding his house and he believed they were helpful, trusting and protectors because they making sure the house was safe. Over time police was the enemy and wasn’t friendly at all. Police treated youth as gang members and would treat them badly. To the police the youth was not human. So to the youth the police was the enemy and did not respect them. (37, 40, and 42)
How did gang affiliation change the authors ‘view of race relations in the U.S.? Give an example from the reading.
• Racial hatred became more natural once the background information on how the different gangs were formed. It was racial blindness everywhere. Picking on innocent people of another race was away just way to form some type of hate against them. For instance when Sanchez participated in his first kill to him, “It’s only Niggers!” so to him the crime was justified due to the racial barriers among the gangs. (34, 58, 88, and

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