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Article: Alcohol and violence in the lives of gang members

TitleAlcohol and violence in the lives of gang members
Authors
KeywordsAOD use as a form of socializing
AODR (alcohol or other drug [AOD] related) violence
Attitude toward AOD
Gang
Gender identity
Group behavior
Juvenile delinquency
Male
Peer pressure
Youth culture
Issue Date2001
Citation
Alcohol Research And Health, 2001, v. 25 n. 1, p. 66-71 How to Cite?
AbstractLife within a gang includes two endemic features: violence and alcohol. Yet, to date, most researchers studying gang behavior have focused on violence and its relationship to illicit drugs, largely neglecting the importance of alcohol in gang life. Because alcohol is an integral and regular part of socializing within gang life, drinking works as a social lubricant, or social glue, to maintain not only the cohesion and social solidarity of the gang, but also to affirm masculinity and male togetherness. In addition to its role as a cohesive mechanism, particular drinking styles within gangs may operate, as with other social groups, as a mechanism to maintain group boundaries, thereby demarcating one gang from another. Other examples of internal gang violent activities associated with drinking include fighting between members because of rivalries, tensions, or notions of honor or respect. At a more symbolic level, drinking is associated with two important ritual events in gang life: initiation, or "jumping in," and funerals. By better understanding the link between drinking and violence among youth gangs, steps can be taken to determine the social processes that occur in the development of violent behavior after drinking.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/82433
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dc.contributor.authorHunt, GPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorJoe Laidler, Ken_HK
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dc.date.issued2001en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAlcohol Research And Health, 2001, v. 25 n. 1, p. 66-71en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0090-838Xen_HK
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dc.description.abstractLife within a gang includes two endemic features: violence and alcohol. Yet, to date, most researchers studying gang behavior have focused on violence and its relationship to illicit drugs, largely neglecting the importance of alcohol in gang life. Because alcohol is an integral and regular part of socializing within gang life, drinking works as a social lubricant, or social glue, to maintain not only the cohesion and social solidarity of the gang, but also to affirm masculinity and male togetherness. In addition to its role as a cohesive mechanism, particular drinking styles within gangs may operate, as with other social groups, as a mechanism to maintain group boundaries, thereby demarcating one gang from another. Other examples of internal gang violent activities associated with drinking include fighting between members because of rivalries, tensions, or notions of honor or respect. At a more symbolic level, drinking is associated with two important ritual events in gang life: initiation, or "jumping in," and funerals. By better understanding the link between drinking and violence among youth gangs, steps can be taken to determine the social processes that occur in the development of violent behavior after drinking.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
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dc.subjectAOD use as a form of socializingen_HK
dc.subjectAODR (alcohol or other drug [AOD] related) violenceen_HK
dc.subjectAttitude toward AODen_HK
dc.subjectGangen_HK
dc.subjectGender identityen_HK
dc.subjectGroup behavioren_HK
dc.subjectJuvenile delinquencyen_HK
dc.subjectMaleen_HK
dc.subjectPeer pressureen_HK
dc.subjectYouth cultureen_HK
dc.titleAlcohol and violence in the lives of gang membersen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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