Three Perspectives Did Pacman, Hodges, Frog And Rocket Take Relative To Gang Violence? Why Or Why Not?

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Q1: Which of the three perspectives did Pacman, Hodges, the ex-gang member turned community leader, Frog, and Rocket take relative to gang violence? Give specific examples from the movie to support the perspective that you chose. From your viewpoint, was the perspective effective in reducing gang violence? Why or why not?
A1: The movie Colors is very sociological when it came to deviance and crime. It expressed the difficulties that criminals had to face when choosing to join the gang or risk the consequences. It also gives the viewer and chance to look into the hard life of a police officer during a gang war. In this case, the policemen were Officer Danny McGavin, also known as Pacman, and Officer Bob Hodges. Both of these police officers
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This method of handing crime isn’t as effective as the functionalist perspective. These gang members could’ve easily back-stab Hodges, which they did, when he was shot and killed by one of Frog’s men. The main reason of the police is to uphold and maintain the law, which would create order in society, and Hodges did not do that. There were other characters in the movie who tried to make society a better place, such as Ron Delaney, an ex-gang member turned community leader. He felt very close to the black community who was being affected by this gang-war and wanted to reach out to them. Unfortunately, however, the black community all heard lies and false hopes from Delaney’s mouth. Delaney tried as much as he could to uphold the law and maintain order in society in a diplomatic way. This would mean the Delaney uses a mild version of the functionalist perspective. Delaney’s diplomatic-functionalist ways only got him so far as many of the gang members he attempted to negotiate with and persuade also heard lies and false hopes. So this way was effective, but to a point. There were two prime members of the gang …show more content…
Of the nine theories and perspectives, the Strain theory, differential association theory, rational choice theory, and social bonding theory are the best theories to describe gang behavior. Strain theory states that people commit crimes because if they don’t have something society says they should have; they would commit crimes to obtain it. This perfectly describes gang behavior because bangs provide opportunities that would be near impossible to obtain in the real world, at least for them. For example, society says that all people should have a loving family and friends who care about them. If these people don’t have a devoted family or any friends, they would most likely turn to gangs to fill that void, such as one recruit who was talking to Delany (the one that killed Hodges) said that his family and friends was the Crips. Differential association theory is when someone who socializes with gang members becomes one due to peer pressure or severe interest. This is one of the major causes of gang recruitment, they are pushed or influenced to join. A great example was Frog’s cousin. After getting in trouble and being beaten frequently by Frog, Frog’s cousin wanted to become a Crip was initiated near the end of the movie. Rational choice theory states that for criminals, the positives far outweigh the negatives. This plays a major effect in gang violence because even if gang members are imprisoned, they will most likely leave jail and right back into the crimes they were

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