Gang warfare

Other Names:
Gang war
Mob violence
Gang violence

A gang is, by definition, a conflict group at war with other groups or with the forces of organized society. It may originally have formed spontaneously, but it is integrated through conflict. Boy-groups or gangs in many cities are an important factor in juvenile delinquency, in the beginnings of criminal careers, in organized crime, and in political corruption.


In the UK in 1988, 3% of male murders and 1% of female murders were attributed to gang warfare. During 3 months in 1991, 270 gang members in Los Angeles were killed.

Counter Claim:

The result of collective gang behaviour is the development of tradition, unreflective internal structure, esprit de corps, solidarity, morale, group awareness, and attachment to a local territory.

Narrower Problems:
Gang rape
Youth gangs
Related Problems:
Racial war
Crowd mentality
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
20.05.2019 – 15:26 CEST