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As society and humanity evolve so do its social nuisances and dilemmas As adolescents continue to seek acceptance and self-worth social groups will continue to exist Social groups help develop social skills fulfill emotional needs offer an environment in which they are valued provide goals and give direction and structure to their lives Kinnear 1 If society unfairly labels people as useless or unacceptable those who are disregarded stick together as forms of support That is exactly what society does to gang members today Gangs are socially constructed entities Their existence is inextricably linked to the larger societys politics its skewed relations of power the limited access to its economic resources and the systematic persecution and exclusion of certain populations from participation in it Phillips 72 If society is unwilling to look past its own persecution and destruction the actual motive of the socially neglected then how will it ever solve or abolish gang violence Ignorantly most people think that a gang is a gang is a gang or that all gangs are the same CummingsMonti 28 This assumption that all gangs and all gang members are the same causes condemning stereotypes which can also lead to discrimination According to Cummings and Monti Few phenomena studied by social scientists are as easily stereotyped as gang violence This is doubly unfortunate in that the real problems of gangs are lost in a kettle of stereotypes CummingsMonti 27 People unfairly base their feelings towards others on what they are told rather it be truth or a stereotypical rumor When people are ignored or treated unfairly they tend to stick together Societys disregard for certain populations causes those populations unrest and feelings of spite towards their oppressors Cummings and Monti think It is possible that we know less about the current problem than we knew about gangs and gang violence in the 1960s CummingsMonti 28 Gang activity has seemed to have noticeably increased
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