19 May 2010

Sample Essay: Occurrence of Gang Violence

In a generally coined definition, a ‘gang’ is basically a group of three or more people that is established based on some common ground that defines the individuals of the said organization. Back then, the word ‘gang’ did not actually mean anything besides standing for the creation of a group that could be defined for the cause of their existence. Taken from the collaboration of the old English word “gan” which means “to go” and the old Norse word “ganr” meaning “group”, it could observed that  the idea behind the creation of the word basically intends to make a definite implication of what group of men and how and why they get together could be better assumed.

Later on though, it is practically understood that the word “gang” has already garnered a new essence of recognition. With the emergence of situational defiance that involves the occurrence of gang violence taken against other people, the word “gang” has become connected with the word deviance and crime. Today, as many people around the globe become agitated with the idea of violent matters happening to them and particular manifestations of unlawful acts taken against them, the more they believe that the occurrence of gangs in the a worldwide scope affects this situation.

How has the word “gang” become correlated with the word “violence” when it has just primarily started as a coined term that refers to groupings of particular individuals who have common idealisms regarding specific matters that are basically important to them? Apparently, the missions and the idealisms of the groups have changed through the years. Upon the occurrence of dissatisfaction among the members of the society, it could be seen how modern coinage of the word “gang” has already changed from the point that it has first been introduced to the society. The dissatisfaction of the said members of the groups pushed them into becoming more aggressive in calling out to the other members of the society to have them respond to their needs and demands. How has this particularly been implied [?]; through the occurrence of defying the norms that the society gives particular attention to.

Believably, through this, the division of the society empowered through the existence of gangs within the different communities around the globe continues to exist and impose chaos in the systems that are designed to regulate the lifestyle of the people living on earth. These systems include that of the law and the norms established to set a defining level of organization in the society. Practically though, it could be observed that the personal identification of the members of the gangs with regards these particular arrangements are more inclined into focusing on the chance of getting the best benefits they can to respond to the demands that they are most interested in getting from the society.

Hence, if observed closely, it could be seen how the different options of defining gang existence in the society could be explained to be based on the fact that the members who come into the protection that the gangs are supposed to give have certain levels of dissatisfaction from the systems that are existing in the society to provide an essential point of arrangement to provide coordination and cooperation among the human population living within the human communities.

Based on personal observation, it could be seen how gang leaders embrace the possibility of having the capability of experiencing temporary power to make things happen and to lord over individuals who have come to seek their protection as a means of being a part of their group. Believing upon this particular idealism, it could be realized how the occurrence of gangs in the society is based upon the personal being of the individuals involved and the perceptions they have towards life as well as the applications they intend to consider in connection with the realization of these perceptions. As a group, they set their own rules, they set their own principles and they set their own goals. These matters serve as the guidelines for their members to qualify as part of the organization and to identify themselves as remaining parts of the group. Definitely, the definition of the group and the identity that it has depends on how much concentration and seriousness the entire organization has towards the set guidelines designed to make it easier for them to redefine their existence in the society.

As natural as the existence of such groups is, gangs need not be leaning within the negative side of their occurrence, however, due to the existence of social dissatisfaction and massive uncontrollable essence of understanding the realities of life, the shifting of such groups towards becoming more defined in the negative edge of the situation brings forth a considerable path of defiance that almost every particular kind of gang follows today.  Understandably, it could be seen that the chaotic state of mind of the members of the gang are sourced out from the dissatisfied state of living. Basically, this is the reason why the explanation of the aggravated aggression of the leaders and the members of the gangs are exasperated to impose on the occurrence of chaos in the society.

Personally, having been able to touch this particular fact about the said matter covering the occurrence of gangs in the society, it has been made factual to the author of this essay that gangs were not originally the way that they are right now. Back then, gangs were just groups, but at the turn of time, the changes in the human society and the ways by which humans live has caused the turnaround of matters and how these groups respond to the social challenges happening at present.


Cantrell, Mary Lynne. (1992). Gang Identifiers and Terminology. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Problems, v1 n1 p13-14.


The definition of the word “defiance” basically connotes the existence of a chaotic behavior that directly negates from what is considerably right and acceptable. The society today sets up a certain guidelines that identify the boundaries of the identifiable notions of what is right and what is wrong. Based on ethics, morals and the law, it could not be denied that the society today aims to be protected by the system that they have established as a practical source of their safety’s confidence. This system is practically noted as social control. Anything or anyone that goes against this particular set up of guidelines is considered to be a defiant to the system. In a way, sociologists believe that defiance is a matter that could assess the balance of the society in some way. As for example, the creation of groups that goes against the injustices of the existing system in the society basically manifests a rather effective way of creating a considerable approach towards imposing justice and response in negation to the current situations that cause social chaos and dissatisfaction among the members of the community.

The emergence of gangs though is considered to be an exaggeration of the actual need for the occurrence of social defiance simply needed to set balance for the society’s recognition of proper assumption of what is right and what is wrong. Believing on the capability of the human individuals to decipher on what is “just right” from what is basically “over the edge” in considering the existence of defiance groups has gone overboard which later on gave birth to the chaotic stance of what gangs are actually noted for today.  At present, gangs are already considered to have been causing the most violent sources of fear that the society intends to stay away from. The massive transformation of the human society’s view towards the existence of balanced defiance has redefined the anatomical value of rebelling against what is wrong in the system of the society.

As of now, gangs exist regardless of the “goodness” or “badness” of their goals. From robinhood type gangs who steal from the rich to give to the poor, to gangs with pure evil schemes who simply aim to control the most powerful systems in the society such as commerce through imposing organized crime and local syndicate groups, gangs range from small towards the largest scale of organizations that reaches across the states and at times even towards the different parts of the world (Valentin 1995:65). Although noted as the rebels in the society, it could be observed still that these gangs still get at least 43% of increase in membership every year. Likely, this growth has been a consistent fact during the past ten years and expected to still grow in the coming years. Why is there a staggering height in the development of the growth of the population of human individuals becoming a contingent member of the gangs existing all around the globe?

According to psychologists, most often than not, males and females have different reasons of joining gangs. For most males, joining a gang adds up to their sense of machismo. In a way, becoming a part of a big group that has the power to suppress the rights and the capabilities of the others somewhat provides them a bit sense of what authority is and how it really feels to be in control (Valentin, 1995:78). Besides that, being a part of this particular group gives them a better picture of what it feels to be a part of a huge group and have a sense of belongingness. Most of the members of gangs [at least 54%] are noted to be from broken family backgrounds (Valentin, 1995:78). It could be sensed that somehow, members of gangs intend to fill up some void in their lives which are usually filled up by the existence of the contingence of becoming a member of the group. Somehow, for some of these members, their lives begin to have a better directed path as they begin to be a part of the group. May it be a good or a bad path, what is important to them is that somehow, they are able to define themselves to belong to something, to believe in something and to be connected with something.

On the other end, female gang members may simply want to be a part of something and be practically protected. It has been reported that huge gang organizations have large connections outside the group that allows some protection to the members of the organization. This protection ranges from police assistance to attorney service provisions. Believably, these support sources are needed by the members simply because of the fact that they are subjected into doing things that are most often than not against the law. The protection provided by these connections somewhat keeps them alive. (Haggedorn 2009:89)

In being able to understand this particular issue about modern gang establishments and formations, it could be noted that human behavior plays a great role on how or why such gang organizations survive even at an international scope. Reaching out the to the different parts of the globe, it could be observed that the brotherhood or the sisterhood formed through the establishment of gangs provide more than just power to the members but also meaning to their lives. As mentioned, some members join in the groups for the sake of filling up a psychological void in themselves. Hence, to explain further, gang organizations are not simply groups that define the occurrence of rebellion, but somewhat a source of confidence and belongingness to those who are becoming their members.


Valentin, Bill. (1995). Gang Intelligence Manual: Identifying and Understanding Modern-Day Violent Gangs In The United States. Paladin Press.

Haggedorn, John. (2009). A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture (Globalization and Community). Univ Of Minnesota Press.


The involvement of different gang organizations in most events of social disturbances and violence is an undeniable fact. Considering the different records of criminal offenses, police reports, and even in prison accounts, much of the disturbances occurring within their respective jurisdictions involved gang organizations. Inside these conflicts, most organization act within the pursuit of their organizational interest whether depending against opposing groups or moving aggressively against the other. Considering this common scenario, the notion that gang membership only exposes a person to increased extent of violence and other detrimental consequences has become a common opinion and fact in the society.

Regardless, people are still joining gang organization despite of the widespread warning and education about the detrimental consequences of their action. What is more alarming is that most of the willing new members for these gangs already know the likely results of their actions and in fact, some of them admitted to be well-conditioned for such consequences. This trivial notion is the reason behind the continuous recruitment and growth of most gang organizations in the society.

The motivation of most individuals willing to become members of these gang organizations regardless of their knowledge about its likely adverse results can be explained in a psychological perspective. For some individuals, their need for social belongingness outweighs their logical reasoning clouding them sound judgment regarding their action. Other individuals simply view these social groupings as their solution for their personal development satisfying their needs for power, influence, peers, and even aggressiveness. Using the lure of self-worth, most potential members feel that they are needed inside the gang through the notion of “brotherhood and sisterhood”. Considering the psychological effect of this notion, most new members looking for belongingness and worth perceive gang organization as the perfect group for them in which the deemed violent consequences are merely necessities to protect their new found groups.

Through the match of the psychological strategic lure and the characteristics of the psyche of some individuals, gang membership are established not as violent groups in their perspective of the involved people but as social organization giving worth to each member. In this structure, the foundation of the gang organization are shared and instigated to the minds of every member establishing their connection as a group. Considering this nature, each member become united and connected with each other in a certain way making their way of thinking and decisions aligned as a single organization.

Inline with the organizational nature of gang groups, the actions and decision of each member are strongly inclined with the majority of the entire assembly. However, in most cases, the interpretation of the legal nature of each member’s action is often contrasting. In this argument, the perspective towards a certain committed act could either be or not within the organizational structure of the gang deeming the latter as a mere individual’s action. The fundamental condition however for this consideration lies in the cause and key motivational factor involved in the act.

Indeed, there are certain situations wherein the action of a member could be solely categorized as an individual action or offense regardless of his or her organizational membership. In this scenario, several elements become the grounding fact towards the establishment of this categorization such as the expressed opposition of the majority of the gang and the stand of the act in accordance to the rules of the organization. Considering these factors, when the particular action of a member lacks the consent of the entire gang or in contrast with the regulation of the group, the said act could be deemed to be in accordance solely on the individual volition of the member. This notion states that some action done by a gang member could still be deemed as a personal responsibility of the person involved not as a member of the organization in discussion but as an individual.

With the discussion of the said element in relation to the structure of social gang groups, it could be said that this simple groupings can manifests as significant elements for the individual development of each member. Considering this point, society can further understand why the membership of these gangs remains continuous regardless of the known fact of adverse consequences for such decision. In the perspective of organizational psychology, gang groups indeed satisfy the particular craving of some individuals for social belongingness and acceptance giving them a sense of worth and relevance for other people namely their fellow gang members.

However though, even after joining such gang groups, the individual character of each member still exists underneath the organizational characteristic of their assembly. This means that personal decision and individual volition could still be a dominant factor influencing the decision and motivation of each member prompting them to move on their own even though in contrast with the group’s objective. This notion makes some actions by a gang member to be outside the definition of “gang-related” actions and still under an individual’s responsibility.


Valentin, Bill. (1995). Gang Intelligence Manual: Identifying and Understanding Modern-Day Violent Gangs In The United States. Paladin Press.

Haggedorn, John. (2009). A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture (Globalization and Community). Univ Of Minnesota Press.

GANGS as Part of the Society

If the weighing scale would be that of the disturbance that gangs are causing the society with, then the answer would be that the gangs could indeed be considered as a social problem. Observed to be the source of at least the most chaotic situations in the society today, gangs practically impose a large effect on how the world fares today especially when it comes to applying the laws defining the effective approach to control the occurrence of chaos in the community. The strong influence and invite promoted by gangs have naturally been accepted as part of the modern world. Due to the fact that there are many different reasons behind the occurrence of this matter, it could be noted that the acceptance of gangs as a composite organizational contingency in the society that cannot be abolished has already been recognized as an unavoidable truth. It could not be denied that through the years, the social advancements embracing the human society basically made it possible for the human communities to adjust to the situation. Hence, today, instead of simply pointing to gangs as social plagues, they are now considered as barricades to the development of urban moral standards. With the existence of gangs, it is very unlikely that the young generation would be best able to the most effective way available to eliminate the foul attitudes that humans are introduced with through the application of the “gang culture” in the society. The denial of the fact that modernity itself has welcomed gangs simply covers the eyes of the society from being capable of seeing reality as it happens.

The deepened stress on the need of one to belong to something is an essential part of surviving today’s modern world. It could not be denied that somehow, this the reason why it is very difficult to control the growth of the number of people, particularly those belonging to the young generation, who willingly join groups or gangs that they think would better given them a deeper meaning for their existence on earth. But of course, although already accepted as a social norm or a part of the community as it is supposed to be, gangs are still aimed to be illuminated through the provisionary features of the human law dedicated to the said matter of concern. One of the most important provisions or legal programs offered is that of the gang control system whereas the gangs ought to be registered. These “gangs” are the ones that are non-violent, non-supportive of the chaotic missions of the other groups. They are they to be used to at least serve as the balance to the operation imposed to be able to control the enemy. Through the strategic manner of dealing with gang control, authorities are expected to come up with good results that would practically show how the gangs could still be managed towards the contribution that they could make to rather assure the society’s peace and security instead of doing otherwise. The peer-to-peer approach imposed through the gang-to-gang motivation consideration is observed to have a great impact on the existence of the hangs and having those others who do not want to be a part t of the gang anymore to be well assisted to make the necessary changes they need to accomplish to regain their old life back.

Through this, it is expected that the existence of gangs shall be better regulated for the sake of the development of a society that is free of violence-based gangs that are simply established to bring in chaos and fear among the human individuals living in the society. Helping the gang members of the groups more inclined to the negative sense of the idea of organizing in teams of people to redeem themselves from the situations that they have been involved with in the past. This redemption is further expected to give these ex-members a chance to relive a life that is much meaningful and much useful for themselves and the society as well. This way, only the gangs that relive the real meaning of being a “gang” shall be left standing. As noted in earlier discussions, a gang is supposed to represent a contingency of people getting together in a group to expose themselves to better utilize their efforts for a certain cause. Practically, through eliminating those gangs with plainly negative missions, the growth of gangs that are leaned more to the right [positive status of organizations] is expected to grow. Although at some point, this idealism may be a bit too good to be true trusting on its capability to redefine the existence of gangs at present is worth giving a try. It could not be denied that giving such options a chance of occurring would not hurt the authorities as they try to control the contingent effect of gangs in the human society.

Through amply understanding the thoughts surround the most complicated issues characterizing the existence of gangs and how they relate to the existence of the whole society of the human communities around the globe, it is observed that somehow, the betterment of the vision towards the possibility of controlling gangs become strengthened. Knowing what pushes human individuals to join in the organizations established by the founders of the different gangs, officials, social workers and other individuals having the authority to control the situation would have a better understanding as to how they should be able to handle the situation. True, the existence of gangs may not be abolished anymore as it has already served as one of the most important foundations of the society [considering that of the ones having positive reputation]; but, through policy and legal applications of the law, regulating their existence and limiting their power becomes possible hence allowing the chance to eliminate negatively standing gangs that are designed to bring in chaos to the society.


Valentin, Bill. (1995). Gang Intelligence Manual: Identifying and Understanding Modern-Day Violent Gangs In The United States. Paladin Press.

Haggedorn, John. (2009). A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture (Globalization and Community). Univ Of Minnesota Press.

19 Oct 2008

Essays on Youth Gangs

“What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”

This, to most, may seem to be a quote out of yesterday’s New York Times or Saturday Evening Post, but it is credited to Plato, the Greek philosopher, about the wild youth gangs terrorizing the society in ancient Greece.

Various gangs and criminal organizations can be traced to wild youths such as these in virtually every society on Earth. The reasons youth gangs and major criminal organizations come into being, the mechanisms of their operations, and how many of them grow into multi-regional and even multi-national forces are a significant field of study, both for sociologist and criminologist academes.

Both groups agree that youth gangs and criminal organizations begin to coalesce in the basic need of youths to have a sense of purpose, community, and belonging, frequently giving in to peer pressure within the youth gangs to commit criminal activities from drug distribution, gun violence, and even rape, which is frequently used as a rite of initiation into the youth gangs.

The response to the growing threat of youth gangs has been sluggish as most communities seem reluctant or unwilling to believe their own children may be involved in such activities. This is particularly true in smaller, rural communities, who not only deal with the mental resistance that youth gangs have formed in their towns, but also lack the necessary resources to act once this mental resistance is overcome.

  • How has the culture and attitudes of youth gangs affected our public schools? How have families responded when one of their children is found to be a member of the youth gangs? What resources are available for either?
  • How have police departments responded to the crisis of youth gangs? Should crimes associated with youth gangs be “aggravated” by the courts, resulting in harsher treatment for the offenders? Should the RICO laws be applied to youth gangs?
  • What alternatives exist for the youth of today? How do we redirect them into these alternatives and away from youth gangs?

Youth gangs are a growing threat in many communities. Yours truly was, many years ago, the victim in a gang-related assault. The questions of how best to respond to the crisis of youth gangs are as diverse as our society itself is. Our writers, being professionals, are ready and able to produce essays on the topic of youth gangs from virtually any aspect and angle. All we need is your order.

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