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Mexican-American Gangs The Other Side of the Tracks Origin Originally the word gang did not have a negative meaning In Old English a gang can be defined in four basic ways 1 an organized group with a leader 2 a unified group that usually remains together during peaceful times as well as times of conflict 3 a group whose members show unity through clothing language etc and 4 a group whose activities are criminal or threatening to the larger society Moore 1978 Gangs are one of the results of poverty discrimination and urban deterioration Some experts believe that young people undereducated and without access to good jobs become frustrated with their lives and join gangs as an alternative to boredom hopelessness fear and devastating poverty Studies have attempted to determine why gangs form in certain communities but there has been no definite answer Gangs have multiplied in the Mexican American populations of southern California and other regions spreading from low-income neighborhoods in the Southwest to working and lower-middle class suburban areas The development and institutionalization of gangs have involved many factors including racial discrimination and economic barriers faced by Mexican American immigrants and their children immigrant parents loss of control over their children during the struggle to adapt to urban American culture and the inability or unwillingness of other social institutions to meet these childrens needs Hernandez 1998 The sense of isolation and alienation that many Mexican American youths feel is associated to multiple conditions dealing with home-life economic structure and cultural factors What began as limited option kids hanging around the street almost detached from family influences unfamiliar with and uncommitted to schools and in fear of the law gradually became rooted as a new subculture the street gang People working to solve gang problems have great difficulty They find the situation overwhelming and the violence continues Gangs were not that big of a national problem as long as they
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