Problem

Gang warfare

Other Names:
Gang war
Mob violence
Gang violence
Nature:

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.

Incidence:

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
Vigilantism
Related Problems:
Racial war
Crowd mentality
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
03.12.2017 – 18:36 CET