This week we explored the relationship between peer pressure and delinquent behavior. Cliques and social groups can be socially acceptable or not. Gangs are not a new phenomenon; they have a lengthy history dating to the 17th century in England (Siegal & Welsh, 2012). However, the role of gangs and their influence may differ today than in times past. Discuss the following:
Do gangs serve a purpose? Discuss the difference between a fraternity, a criminal gang, and a drug-oriented gang.
The minimum expectation for class discussions is to respond directly to each prompt and respond to at least two other posts by the end of the week. Posts to which you respond can be either by a student or the instructor.
Submit one main post responding directly to the discussion prompts.
This should be a substantive response to the topic(s) in your own words, referencing what you have discovered in required reading and other learning activities.
You may use resources in addition to your textbook that support your post(s). However, cite your sources.
Reply to at least two posts. These responses can be to posts made by other students or the instructor.
Responses to other individuals' posts should:
Expand on their ideas.
Discuss the differences between your thoughts and theirs.