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Los Angeles Crips and Bloods: Past and Present


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Los Angeles Crips and Bloods: Past and Present

Julia Dunn
Poverty & Prejudice: Gangs of All Colors

 

"A gang is an interstitial group, originally formed spontaneously, and then integrated through conflict. It is characterized by the following types of behavior: meeting face to face, milling, movement through space as a unit, conflict, and planning. The result of this collective behavior is the development of tradition, unreflective internal structure, esprit de corps, solidarity, morale, group awareness, and attachment to a local territory" 1. African-American gangs began to emerge in the Los Angeles area during the 1920's, which was in concordance with the large black population in the city. The gangs in existence at this particular time in history were not territorial. On the other hand, they were "loose associations, unorganized, and rarely violent" 2. Moreover, they did not employ monikers, graffiti, or various other gang characteristics .Scissors-32x32.png

http://web.stanford.edu/class/e297c/poverty_prejudice/gangcolor/lacrips.htm

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