Proposals 5 Sources- Tyson Still

For my research essay I will be discovering the reasons of why most teenagers join gangs. I will be leaning towards a more specific search top find out if the reason happens to come mostly from living in broken homes or just having a bad childhood in general. A gang is a number of people that form a group or a unit that sticks together and typically looks to dominate over another group or make themselves feel superior. Not all gangs are violent but most gangs are. Now a days mostly all gangs involve themselves in illegal doings out on the street. Even gangs that aren’t widely known around the world might still be considered a gang in their community.Not only will I be searching for reasons of why teens join gangs but I will also be looking for why don’t all teens join gangs that come from broken homes, what makes a certain gang stand out to them type of teenagers and also I will try to find quotes about the subject from people who were going to join a gang and didn’t as well as kids already in a gang. I have also gained knowledge in this area from going to different events hearing gangs members talk about their past experience with joining a gang. I have been around people who told me why they were thinking about joining gangs and why they did or didn’t. Basically I want to present the core information of do teens join gangs because of their household problems or is it for different reasons? Another thing i would like to do is briefly tell the history of gangs before or time and gangs of today’s time specifically the gangs that we hear about more then often.

1. http://www.whyguides.com/why-do-people-join-gangs.html

In this article it gives specific reasons why some teens might join a gang. Not only does it tell about family problems but it goes into deeper detail giving reasons of why they might join such as money issues or even peer pressure.

I intend to use this article to better give the other side of my story as of why teens join gangs which does not include broken households or negative childhoods. I also like to use this article to possibly refute an argument that i might find telling that some of the reasons teens join gangs are not accurate.

2. http://people.missouristate.edu/michaelcarlie/what_i_learned_about/gangs/whyform/family.htm

In this article it talks about the specifics of gangs and why they are normally formed. it starts by telling that gangs are an alternate family to teens which is why they join. It also gives definitions why the leader of gangs get the up-most respect and why these certain teens need that certain love from its members in the gang.

I really like this article because it goes so deep into what the gangs do for its members and how teens really rely on the gangs to make it through life. I plan on using this information to better support that my argument of broken homes lead to gang joining by teens.

3. http://www.ehow.com/about_4688536_what-attracts-people-gangs.html

This article talks about the significance of a gang and why teens join them. It gives more of a general look at why and not a inside detailed look. It tells about the wanting feeling of love but also the fear and race factor communities have giving an impact of teens lives causing them to join as well.

I intend on using this article to back up my thesis on teens joining gangs because of a bad childhood. This article with quotes from teens on whether they had a bad childhood or not should be great information in this essay.

4. http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=7576465c-7116-4296-9840-d80481f0ca81%40sessionmgr11&vid=12&hid=17&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=aph&AN=9407130755

In this article that i found using the academic search premier, it gives a great deal of information on why youth or teens join gangs. But it more so gives the background information on gangs such as what they do, different reasons why they do crimes, and as well as what can they do to prevent teens from joining gangs.

I definitely intend on using this article to show reasons why they join gangs but to tell how the government looks to stop youth from joining but it hasn’t really worked yet. This article is full of different information that can be included in this essay and it all is very useful.

5. http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=14&hid=17&sid=7576465c-7116-4296-9840-d80481f0ca81%40sessionmgr11&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=aph&AN=26648269

The article I found by using the academic search premier is about the connection between bad neighborhoods and gang affiliation. Its talking about the way gangs come to neighborhoods to recruit kids who basically lives a criminal life or who has been given jail time. It gives a lot of information about different characteristics of neighborhoods and how they have the qualities for a specific gang to come and try to recruit.

I plan to use this information to support my thought of bad childhoods lead to teens joining gangs. I also plan to take this information and do more research into it to see if gangs are only formed in bad neighborhoods or can they be formed anywhere.

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5 Responses to Proposals 5 Sources- Tyson Still

  1. stillt27 says:

    Please take a look at this and let me know what I need to revise on this

    • davidbdale says:

      I will return after my Friday classes to offer more help and to challenge you to revise for grammar before Tuesday, Tyson. For now, I want you to focus your attention specifically on the divorce factor. These papers we’re writing are quite short by academic standards and 3,000 words will not be enough to exhaust the question to what degree children whose parents divorce are more or less likely to join gangs.

      For example, just looking at the first page of your sources, I found this quote from a researcher named Jankowski who spent ten years looking at gangs and divorce and came to this conclusion: “I found that there were as many gang members from homes where the nuclear family was intact as there were from families where the father was absent.”

      So clearly there’s dispute about the very common theory that divorce and family breakups push kids into gangs.

      What we don’t need to see is a broad “history of gangs.” The background and history of gangs is not relevant to the narrower topic at all, unless certain gangs specifically targeted children of divorce, in which case the story of that particular gang’s recruitment technique would be extremely relevant.

      Also, your “bad neighborhood” and “troubled childhood” categories are so broad and vague they won’t contribute to any persuasive conclusions.

      On the other hand, the personal experience you have of conversations with gang members and gang resisters could be extremely relevant insofar as they address the specific topic of divorce as a cause.

      Lastly, I’m only insisting you focus on divorce because it’s the only specific cause you’ve offered. If you have another you think will work better (children who have lost a father), (children recruited by their older siblings), (children who sell drugs to be their family’s breadwinner), you may certainly propose an alternative.

      If looking back through your first five sources you can find a comparable very narrow claim to make and support, you can recommend it as an alternative to the divorce claim. Otherwise, re-focus your proposal and resources to answer the divorce question. Get back to me either way and post a revision by Tuesday. Thanks.

  2. davidbdale says:

    Tyson, I have demonstrated twice in class how to link your urls to a Title instead of dumping the long code into your text. If you’re still unclear how to do that, ask me on Tuesday. I’ve done it for you here below as an example.

    2. The Absence of a Family

    Here I want to model for you the clarity of writing I’m hoping you’ll work toward as you revise your proposal and in all your future writing for this course. Your version tells us what Source 2 is about:

    In this article it talks about the specifics of gangs and why they are normally formed. it starts by telling that gangs are an alternate family to teens which is why they join. It also gives definitions why the leader of gangs get the up-most respect and why these certain teens need that certain love from its members in the gang.

    A clearer version of the same paragraph might look something like this:

    The article describes why gangs are formed. Teens join because they seek an alternate family while gang leaders are given the utmost respect by the gang members, so both receive benefits from the group. The article concludes that gang leaders start gangs looking for love from younger teens, while teens seeking love from elders hope to find it from gang leaders.

    I don’t know if that’s what the article concludes exactly because I am unclear what your summary actually means. Whatever the actual conclusions, be sure your depiction of it is clear.

    Here’s what you say about how you’ll use the source:

    I really like this article because it goes so deep into what the gangs do for its members and how teens really rely on the gangs to make it through life. I plan on using this information to better support that my argument of broken homes lead to gang joining by teens.

    Here’s a model of what I’d like to see in a revision:

    The article offers deep insight into the comfort, nurturing, and affirmation gangs provide for their members who find little support from other areas of their lives. It seems reasonable to conclude that teens from broken homes, who may have lost or never felt the complete support of two parents, would be likely to seek a replacement for parental love from their peers or a parent model.

    Again, I’m guessing about the actual content that appeals to you in this source, so I’ve provided some. Without some indication of what specific evidence you’ve found in the source, readers of your proposal have no way to judge whether it will be valuable or what you’ll use it to prove.

    Is this clear and helpful, Tyson? Please reply.

    • stillt27 says:

      Yes, this is clear to me I will have to reread over what exactly you are telling me, but I do understand and will think very hard about how to revise my proposal. Thank you for the feedback and the help you are giving me.

      • davidbdale says:

        Of course, Tyson, you’re welcome. I’m very happy to help. All I ask in return is that you incorporate as much as you can in your next writing. As long as you do, you can expect plenty of help from me.

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