Gangs in America

What are the functions that gangs fulfill (the needs they meet)? Imagine that you have been hired as an urban planner by a large city such as Los Angeles. How could you arrange to meet the needs that gangs fulfill in a way that would minimize violence? How could you encourage members to follow mainstream norms?

Explain deviance such as street gangs from all three of the main sociological perspectives. Be certain to use all three major sociological theories - functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism - in your analysis. Please include references. This is an essay with which I am working on. I have a hard time grasping this theory thing and how it pertains to particular situations.

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the functions that a gang fulfills (the needs they meet), and based on the scenario, explains what to do to meet the needs that gangs fulfill in a way that would minimize violence, as well as how to encourage members to follow mainstream norms. It explains deviance such as street gangs from the three major sociological theories - functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism. References are included as well as two supplementary articles for further research on gangs and crime theories.