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ERIC Number: ED356300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 8
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Clans of the Street: Tribalism and Urban Street Gangs.
Masters, Billie Nave
The clan principle, the informal determination of human groups by totem characteristics, commonly accepted standards for self-definition, valued knowledge, and regulation of behavior, is a reality for American Indian and Native Alaskan cultures and for the mainstream urban, suburban, and industrial society as well. The tendency to group individuals by consensus on their mode of social operation and choice of presentation is a fact of contemporary social organization. Historically, street gang behavior has been regarded as a response to conditions in the larger culture that force disadvantaged groups into gang-related activity. In fact, it may be more appropriate to see gangs as representative of an innate desire to band together toward the attainment of mutual goals. The work of Peter Marsh is explored for the insights it offers into the tribal bonding of young people. Through educational restructuring with an interdisciplinary view, a way to harness the social energy of youth may be found that addresses the need to belong to a group and to be a valued member. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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