SOC SCI 164D Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Prison Gang, Gang Signal

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American violence: mild forms of violence can be used for fun, sometimes, the need for more fun causes an escalation of behaviors, violence is now tolerated, accepted, and expected as a normal behavior. If you"re crying, it is not because you are weak in any form; it is your body"s safety belt. You can experience trauma as a victim, as a witness, and as a viewer of trauma. You get jumped in or beat into gangs. Back in the 1950s, you had to street fight or box to be able to join a gang. Juvenile has to get beat up and be a victim of a fight to be able to join the gang and later beat up new members. Young gang members actually train themselves in an informal way in processes of understanding violence. Guns become the primary weapon of choice after 1980, in 2009 fbi suggests gun used in 92% of all gang homicides.

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