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Young people and violence


1. A Definition
2. Personal Experience
3. Film – Boys in the Hood
4. Literature – Shadow of the Dragon (Sherry Garland)

Outsiders (Sue Ellen Hinton)
The Chocolate War (Robert Cormier)

Common information about gangs

A gang is a group of people, especially Young people, who usually go around together and often deliberately cause trouble. They are connected in some way and "hang" around, e.g.: frightening people and breaking windows. They also fight with rival gangs (violent street-gangs). Many young people, especially young people who are in their puberty, often feel misunderstood by their grownups. They do not understand each other at all. Together with other problems (e.g.: problems with their friends, first love, school,...), the teenagers often cannot handle such problems and so they tend to join groups like gangs. In the gangs they feel important. They are somebody. The gang is like a family for them. The other members of the gang are confronted with the same problems and so they understand each other.
There are many gangs all over the world. Often gang members live in poor neighbourhoods. They are not well educated and besides they do not have much money. They often have to defend themselves against rival gangs. That is why they are armed in most of the cases.

The history of gangs in the USA:

The street activity that as scared not only the terrain but the quality of life of its
occupants for over 20 years, has been transformed into peace. Some years ago, it
was the battleground of a war between the Crip and Blood gangs (street
organizations). A peace agreement between the Crips and Bloods has taken place in
the Imperial Gardens, Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens housing projects
(Housing communities in L.A.). In former years, especially in these areas, senseless
killing and acts of violence took place because these housing units were near each
other. In Watts and Comp...

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