Read “Islands in the Street: Urban Gangs in the United States” (p.211 ebook or p.166 in the printed edition) in Essentials of Sociology to obtain background information. What are the functions that gangs fulfill (the needs they meet)?
Suppose you have been hired as an urban planner for the city of Los Angeles. How could you arrange to meet the needs that gangs fulfill in ways that minimize violence and encourage youth to follow mainstream norms?
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