SOC 401 B: Sociology of the Urban Street Gang (B TERM)
- Instructor: John Leverso (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Schedule: B TERM; MTWTh 9:30 am to 11:50 am
- SLN: 13532
- 5 credits (Individuals & Society)
- This course will satisfy five credits of the Sociology Elective requirement or five credits of the Sociology Upper Division requirement*
Gangs are products of community social conditions and processes; they are often most prevalent in neighborhoods where other institutions breakdown. Stressing a sociological understanding of gangs, this course will provide an overview of research on gangs and theoretical perspectives of gang membership while paying close attention to the interplay of social structure — both specific gangs and specific neighborhoods — and the life-course of individual gang members. This class focuses on not only why a person might join a gang and the behaviors associated with street gang membership, but on the ability for gang-involved individuals to leave street gangs. By the end of the course students will have a solid foundation of theoretical perspectives on gang formation, persistence and desistance, and an opportunity to interview a former gang member.