Crime and Everyday Life offers a bold approach to crime theory and crime reduction. Using a clear, engaging, and streamlined writing style, the Sixth Edition illuminates the causes of criminal behavior, showing how crime can affect everyone in both small and large ways. Renowned authors Marcus Felson and Mary Eckert then offer realistic ways to reduce or eliminate crime and criminal behavior in specific settings by removing the opportunity to complete the act. Most importantly, this book teaches students how to think about crime, and then do something about it.
Chapter 6: Big Gang Theory
Big Gang Theory
To understand juvenile gangs, you must be able to overcome their popular image, which is far from reality.1
Supposedly, a juvenile street gang is a steady and stubborn group of young thugs. Supposedly it has a boss and acts like an organization. When most youths are not very organized, why would these teenagers be the disciplined exceptions?
Gangs are organized in ...