Date of Award


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Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Street gangs are a fact of life in every major city in the United States. Street gangs have also been recognized as a problem in American cities since the early 1920s. Is there a connection between poverty and gang membership? The inner-cities of America have lost manufacturing and non-service jobs to the suburbs. During the same time period adolescent gang activities have increased. What causes kids to join gangs and who are the kids that join gangs? The media in the United States paints a portrait of gang members as predominantly youth of color, is this accurate? The author, through comparison of previous research literature, surveys completed by professionals involved with juveniles mid young adults, will establish the extent that poverty and the media have an effect on gang membership


SC 11.MSW.1994.Davis.LC

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