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NCJ Number: 184396 Find in a Library
Title: Sex in the Gang (From Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs and Gender, P 10-26, 1999, Meda Chesney-Lind and John M. Hagedorn, eds. -- See NCJ-184395)
Author(s): Frederic M. Thrasher
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Lake View Press
Chicago, IL 60657
Sale Source: Lake View Press
P.O. Box 578279
Chicago, IL 60657
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This essay examines the role of sex in gang life.
Abstract: The influence of sex upon life in the gang varies with the age and biological development of its members. In some younger gangs a girl may play the same role as a boy. Among gangs of younger adolescents, there is definite indifference or hostility to girls, although sex interests may be evident in various types of auto-erotic activity. Members of older adolescent or young adult gangs usually have a definite though half-concealed interest in girls. Dates and dancing become important, girls’ groups may enter into alliance with the gang and certain girls may be taken under its protection or in other ways may actually become members of the gang in their sexual capacity. On the whole, sex is a decidedly secondary activity in the gang. Particularly in the adolescent group, it is subordinated to the primary interest of conflict and adventure. As the gang grows older, however, sex gets more attention; in most cases it ultimately supplants the gang entirely, to the extent that its members marry and enter into family relationships.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Behavior patterns; Female sex roles; Gang member attitudes; Gangs; Gender issues; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Maturation theory; Youth development
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